Current council member Mike Palermo and senior loan officer Geoff Smith will be competing for council post 2 this municipal election.

♦ Palermo has lived in Roswell for eight years and served on the city council since 2015. With a master’s of business from Emory University, he is the regional vice president at ETRADE and has a total of 13 years of cooperate financial experience. This year is the 36-year-old’s fourth year on Roswell City Council.

During his time in office, Palermo said he helped established term limits for council members and helped preserve Seven Branches and Mimosa Hall. Palermo said he is most proud “changing the code to restrict high density from our neighborhoods” and “requiring council approval for townhome developments in mixed use properties.”

Palermo said that his top three priorities for the city are preserving Roswell’s character, redeveloping Roswell’s blighted commercial areas and increasing transparency with the city.

“I bring a different voice to make sure discussions are being had, like my proposal to require developers build wider sidewalks connecting our schools/parks, mixed use zonings should have a minimum percentage of non-residential, and instead of increasing administrative spending, that money should be spent on sidewalks, events, or returned to taxpayers,” Palermo said.

Age: 36 Occupation: Regional Vice President, Corporate Financial Services Years living in the city: 8 years Number of Years Served: This is his fourth year on council. MBA, Emory University. Bachelors, Bentley University. 13 years in Corporate Financial Services. Website: www.mike4roswell.com Facebook: mike4roswell Twitter: mike4roswell

Palermo’s opponent, Geoff Smith has lived in Roswell for 35 years. The 45-year-old has served on the Board of Directors at Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, where he worked on Steering Committee for workforce development and Chaired Education Committee. Smith said that for the last 20 years, he has chaired volunteer committees and worked with teams to generate positive outcomes, “many that are helping our community today.”

Smith said his top three priorities include bringing a servant-leadership style to this post, making the Holcomb Bridge corridor feel and look more like Roswell, and helping fund and fast-track major local projects like the Big Creek Parkway crossing over Ga 400.

Smith also said that he feels the corridor is one of the biggest challenges faced by the city.

“People need to feel at home when they get off of GA400, and now they do not,” Smith said. “By establishing a sense of place, property owners will be encouraged to repurpose their failing retail toward office development, which will bring in customers to spend money in our city during the day, and increase values, and ultimately our commercial tax base.”

Age: 45 Occupation: Senior Loan Officer Years in Living in the city: Born here, raised here. Moved around a little, but lived here for 35 years. Relevant Experience: Served on Board of Directors at Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce where I worked on Steering Committee for workforce development and Chaired Education Committee. Started Collective Impact Project at Mimosa Elementary to improve 3rd grade literacy rates. Served as a Volunteer Firefighter and serve as Secretary on Roswell Youth Baseball and Football associations. For the last 20 years I’ve chaired volunteer committees and worked with teams of great people to generate positive outcomes, many that are helping our community today. I am a senior loan officer and sit on the Advisory Board of our company. Website: www.SmithforRoswell.com Facebook accounts: https://www.facebook.com/geoff.smith.37051

Both candidates say they believe they have what it takes to serve the city from council post 2. The last day for citizens to register and be eligible to vote in the 2019 general election is Oct. 7. Early voting begins Oct. 15, with Election Day falling on Nov. 5.

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