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August 5, 2012

Election 2012: Athens City Council District 1 - Q&A with Chris Seibert

Name: Chris Seibert

Age: 37

Occupation: Director of clinical adoption, southern U.S., Stereotaxis

Education: University of Alabama, B.A. in history; University of Oklahoma, master’s of human relations; University of South Alabama, master’s of business administration

Previous political experience: none

Community involvement: First and Ten Club of Alabama, First United Methodist Church, Church Council, Habitat for Humanity, Athens Rotary Club, Athens Recreation Center Soccer Coach, Athens Dixie Youth Baseball Coach

Personal: Married to Tiffany Davis Seibert. Children, Brock and Ben Seibert

What is the biggest challenge or challenges facing District 1, and what steps do you intend to take as a councilman to overcome them?

I think the two biggest challenges we face are complacency and maintaining a voice for Athens after state legislative reapportionment. Athens has many good things going for it and the tendency of any organization is to get complacent and not continue to strive to make things better. I think many of us who love Athens see more potential in a lot of areas and I think we have to continue to raise the bar on how to make Athens a better place for both job creation and for our residents. 

Without active leadership from our council, state legislative reapportionment will threaten to dilute the importance of the city of Athens in Montgomery, especially when it comes to local legislation. It will be incumbent on our council to maintain a strong voice so that a fair share of the state taxes paid by the citizens of the city of Athens will be reinvested back into Athens to maintain and advance local services including our local fire department, our police department and the Athens City Schools. 

A strong voice and a strong relationship with our state delegation will be vital to make reapportionment benefit the City of Athens and not the reverse. I will closely monitor proposed bills and I will foster strong relationships with our local and state representation to ensure Athens remains relevant from a funding perspective.  

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