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Election 2012

August 12, 2012

Election 2012: Athens City Council District 4 – Q&A with Jim Hickman

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Quality of life amenities like public safety, education, parks and entertainment are issues city officials often place importance on. Which amenity do you feel is most important, and what steps will you take to ensure it receives full financial support from the City Council?

Hickman: There are many quality of life amenities that are important for the citizens of Athens.  As mentioned in the Wednesday edition of the News Courier, I feel it is of the utmost importance we continue supporting our Athens City School System and assure our students that we are going to provide them with the best possible secondary education they can receive. 

Young people are the future of Athens. They need to know that after graduation they can obtain a good paying job and be able to live in Athens enabling us to be the progressive city we need to be in order to grow. 

The financial support the city gives to the school system must stay intact and as your councilman, I will work to that end.

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently reviewing state redistricting plans that would give Limestone County eight total representatives. As a councilman, what will you do to ensure Athens’ interests are represented in Montgomery?

Hickman: As your councilman, I will continue to be proactive working with the sate senators and representatives to assure the citizens of Athens will have their best interests represented. 

If the DOJ approves the redistricting, staying in constant contact with the senators and representatives is the only way to receive fair representation. That may require trips to Montgomery to meet on issues that would adversely affect the citizens of Athens.

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