Patricia H. Crayton
For CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
WORKING TO RESTORE TRUST
CONFIDENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY
I am writing today because I want you and your family to be the first to know that I am running for a seat on the Atlanta City Council’s 3rd District----and I need your help, prayers and support.
My name is Patricia Crayton, and I am asking you to help me as a parent, mother, daughter, homeowner and a tax payer living and working in District 3 to support our cause and our dream to bring about a change, and to stop murder, robbery, larceny, breaking and entering, simple assault, crime and public safety issues that are causing a fear, threat or concern about safety, personal security and sustainability of our homes.
We find ourselves in this midnight hour at the mercy of those whom believe that they can prey upon us at will. We begin to ponder and ask the question, why? This longing for an answer has caused many of us, to stop and to gaze into the dark nights and dreary days and wonder about safety and whether or not something can be done about the crime problems identified by the Atlanta Police Department. Of the top 5 high crime areas in Atlanta 3 are in District 3, according to the Atlanta Police Crime Stopper Unit, precinct 1.
Holding the hand of my (a) mother, daughter, friend, neighbor and grandchildren while walking throughout the District, I have come to see through their eyes and learned from their testimonies about these wanton fears, hesitations and concerns about the neighborhood, its future, the violence and the awesome financial pain of having to keep the porch light on or to maintain a pet in order to keep an unsuspected person or persons from coming to bring harm to them.
I kneel down and pray after looking at the conditions of the sidewalks, streets, homes, buildings and physical facilities in need of restoration or demolition in the 3rd District; the decay is unbelievable I can’t help to feel this has a direct effect on the esteem of the people. Then I recall the amount of water and sewer bills that I continue to pay which are the highest in the Nation and the poor customer service I receive. I ask myself: who is in charge. Where can I go to get an answer to my questions about taxation without representation?; where do our property, home mortgage and sales tax money go?; In what room do I go and raise my hand to ask a question and not be responded to as if I’ve done something wrong for simply asking the question or even, raising my hand?
Whenever we walk throughout the community, the comments are still the same—we want better, we want new, we want dedicated and committed leaders. Leaders that will bring us to the bargaining table at the beginning. “The time is now for change”. We will not be fooled by the flood of mail-outs with false and broken promises, the pledges and talking points that give praise and reward to those who have fostered an incomplete mission but seek 4 more years to use us through these mail-outs.
The boasting proclaiming accomplishments are different from what my eyes have seen.