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Election 2012

August 12, 2012

Election 2012: Athens City Council District 4 – Q&A with Joseph Cannon

Name: Joseph Allen Cannon

Age: 31

Occupation: Material planner with Northrop Grumman

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management, Athens State University

Political experience: New to politics

Community involvement: Friendship United Methodist Church; former Athens Police Department reserve; supporter of Read Across America by reading to young students and performing as The Cat in the Hat for two consecutive years; mud volleyball; Ice Cream Crank-off; and previous winner of the Big Spring Park Fishing Derby many great years ago. My family donates to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which unfortunately, has direct ties to our community from time to time. After a bad storm, my chain saw and I have, and will continue to be, quick to respond. 

Personal: Wife, Alisha; son, Tanner Wyatt Cannon; and daughter, Addison Blair Cannon



What is the biggest issue or issues facing District 4 and what specific plans do you have to address them?  

Cannon: I’m going to echo other candidates by saying that public works are a priority. 

I’d love to see the day when sidewalks connect all areas of District 4, when the residents’ all have the option of sewer in place of septic tanks, and when all roads are safely surfaced. However, until someone invents indestructible asphalt, road upkeep will be an ongoing reality. 

Sidewalks and sewer lines will always remain near the top of my desired additions.  All these can become a quicker reality if we eliminate wasteful spending in city government. We have to find new ways to improve efficiency and spend less money. 

As a councilman, I will ask the question “why” quite often. I want to know why we are spending money and why the expenditure has priority at that time.

The citizens of District 4 deserve to know why their money is being spent. If any citizen asks me to explain any expenditure, they will receive the absolute honest reason for the expenditure. I believe accountability improves when every action of the City Council is visible to the voters.

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