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Blueprint for DeKalb Moves Forward - Save Tucker! Members Invited to Attend Kickoff Meeting Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for endorsing the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb; your voice is essential to its success. I urge you to stay involved and help as a citizen’s force to push for the next steps that are needed to start bringing real reform to DeKalb County government. There are two easy things you can do to bring about change:

FIRST, attend the September 30th public meeting in the Maloof Auditorium at 6:30 PM to hear the leadership team’s proposed reforms and to provide feedback. We will also discuss implementation and the citizens’ role to push reform through state and local government.

SECOND, recommend the Blueprint’s website, www.BlueprintDeKalb.org, to your circle of friends and neighbors and ask them to endorse and attend the meeting. The Board of Commissioners, the Interim CEO and the DeKalb Delegation to the General Assembly need to hear from as many people as possible.

I am very proud that a group of engaged neighborhood leaders have taken the original Blueprint’s principles that I drafted and advanced to developing real reforms that will put DeKalb County back onto ethical and competent footing. It is not the complete solution but it is a significant beginning. If you want changes in DeKalb government, you must participate now and during the upcoming months when the General Assembly goes into session. I urge you to attend the public meeting on Tuesday, September 30th and to spread the word about the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb.

Thank you for caring for DeKalb.

Kathie Gannon



Kathie Gannon

DeKalb County Commissioner

Super District 6

404-371-4909

www.kathiegannon.com

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