Let’s Reconnect Our Communities

Traffic and transportation conversations seem to have always been part of the Atlanta landscape. While Atlanta’s traffic gained a notorious reputation in the 90s, the need for new discussion seems to have reached a fever pitch in recent years, especially as events like “Snowpocalypse” and the I-85 collapse highlighted the fragility of our transportation infrastructure. Congestion and Atlanta always seem to go hand-in-hand.

In response to this congestion, transportation conversations have always centered around road expansion. Unfortunately, that remains an attractive solution for many of our city’s leaders, with some even suggesting we build a network of underground tunnels below the Downtown Connector as a potential fix. The reality is that Atlanta’s development patterns have encouraged car ownership for decades. While Atlanta’s suburbs are notorious for perpetuating an automobile-heavy car culture, our central city is also culpable. With the exception of a few small neighborhoods in the heart of the city, Atlanta’s land use and zoning ordinances mandate that all new office, residential, and retail construction build new parking facilities.

Though our policies encourage (and in some cases practically require) residents to drive to destinations, vehicle ownership is a luxury for many Atlantans. This issue is particularly stark in our most vulnerable communities. Nearly 20% of households across Atlanta (and almost 40% of households in southwest Atlanta) don’t own or have access to a car as their primary means of transportation and have to rely on alternative forms of transportation to get to work, school, daycare, and everything in between. Atlanta’s job centers are clustered in the northern reaches of the city while many of our working families must spend hours commuting via bus and train in the early hours of each day. There is an imbalance, especially since the communities that need alternative transportation amenities the most have the least amount of access to those amenities. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes are commonly available in NE Atlanta, while in our city’s southwestern communities, children must walk in the middle of the street dodging unfettered vehicle traffic to get to where they need to go. And if they’re transit riders, that typically means a patch of dirt with a poorly-marked pole in the ground representing their local bus stop.

There is very little pedestrian infrastructure and transit access for more than 3,600 Atlantans living in Oakland City, Venetian Hills, and Bush Mountain.

Limited transportation access means that residents can’t get to places of employment, or even to the training they need to secure that employment in the first place. And our city has been too slow to recognize this as a barrier. The Atlanta Streetcar and the Atlanta Beltline are two projects which seek to improve the city’s transportation infrastructure, but funding and management issues seem to have divided more residents than the projects have brought together.

While rail infrastructure captures the public imagination, Atlanta has had significant shortcomings related to the improvement of its bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Navigating Atlanta can be treacherous for pedestrians, largely because sidewalks, bridges, and other pedestrian rights-of-way are poorly maintained, or not maintained at all. Many of our communities never had sidewalks in the first place. And even in walkable neighborhoods like Midtown, new construction has blocked sidewalks and forced residents into dangerous situations. Fixing these problems would cost the city nearly $200 million, but we’ve failed to put a policy in place to fund these repairs. Development patterns are also problematic. Automobile-centric development patterns have made it difficult for residents to walk to local amenities. And this has come at a cost; pedestrian deaths in Georgia outpace the national average, and as recently as 2014, Atlanta ranked #8 in pedestrian danger.

Cycling also generates safety concerns, and with good reason. In 2013 alone, over 900 bicyclists were killed across the country, and there was an “estimated 494,000 emergency department visits due to bicycle-related injuries.” But rather than invest in the infrastructure necessary to encourage safe and efficient transportation alternatives, we’ve worked to destroy the infrastructure that already exists. 

Most recently, the City of Atlanta removed a large section of a protected bicycle lane on Westview Drive in Ashview Heights. According to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, when these lanes were installed, they resulted in a 38% reduction in crashes and a 68% reduction in crashes that resulted in injuries. This removal establishes a dangerous precedent that unnecessarily puts the people in our communities at risk. Ironically, the city then replaced these protected bicycle lanes with parking spaces. 

Aftermath of the Westview Drive bicycle lane demolition.

Addressing bicycle infrastructure has its own unique set of challenges. Bicycle accessibility is too often seen as a luxury for a handful of citizens and is sometimes seen as a tool of gentrification. But I contend that cycling offers low-income residents a cost-effective and healthy way to navigate our city. Atlanta must work to educate and convince citizens of cycling’s place as an equitable mode of transportation.

Rather than widen roads and incentivize automobile-centric development, Atlanta must invest in alternatives which provide residents with cost-effective transportation options. To ensure that all Atlantans have access to our city’s rich assets and amenities, I am fighting to:

  • Ensure that the city treats sidewalks as shared resources and commit the city to investing in fixing the backlog of sidewalk repairs while investing in new pedestrian infrastructure.
  • Expand Atlanta’s bicycle infrastructure to ensure that access and connectivity remains safe and equitable.
  • Partner with MARTA to identify opportunities to enhance existing bus stops with benches and shelters to make multi-modal transportation seamless and to make bus ridership a much more dignified experience.
  • Ensure that the city remains committed to building rail transit along the Beltline corridor.
  • Creating a Department of Transportation that prioritizes Atlanta’s transportation needs and streamlines the planning and implementation of those priorities across the city.
  • Updating zoning and land use ordinances to remove parking minimums which encourage automobile-centric development patterns.

Prioritizing connectivity and accessibility for all Atlanta residents would also strengthen our existing public transit systems, making it easier for residents in far-flung corners of the region to utilize the city’s amenities. Ridership suffers when last-mile connectivity doesn’t exist in many places.

However, this is can only succeed when we support infrastructure with land use and zoning policies that enhance the urban fabric. What use is a streetcar when the route is surrounded by swaths of parking, much of it mandated by public decree? The City of Atlanta needs to support transportation priorities through complementary land use and zoning policies. Transportation planning can’t happen in a vacuum.

While it may seem counterintuitive, no amount of road construction provides a permanent solution to traffic congestion, and even the best-connected global cities experience these issues. Ensuring a diversity of transportation options will work in the best interests of all Atlantans.

Equitable investment in safe, affordable transportation solutions is key to bringing all Atlantans together.

Increase Liquor License Fees? I Say No!

On October 24th, City Council will vote on revising the ordinance governing liquor licensing, to the tune of tripling the already steep fee for restaurants and bars in Atlanta. In an industry where margins are thin, talent is hard to find, and competition is high, this could be a death blow for many beloved Atlanta small businesses.

As a Member of City Council, I will fight tooth and nail against this change. Atlanta is the capital of hospitality in the southeast, and this would strike a harmful if not fatal blow to many in that industry. From dishwashers to servers to restaurant owners, many of our friends and neighbors in Atlanta will suffer financial harm from this change.

As a patron of our city’s excellent food & beverage scene, I value the contributions these establishments make to our city, and I will fight on their behalf at City Hall. Some of my favorite memories in Atlanta are set in our beloved restaurants from East Atlanta to Midtown, from Buckhead to Mechanicsville, and everywhere in between. I will fight on behalf of small businesses and their employees, and oppose any legislation that would inflict undue or unnecessary punishment on the people that feed, serve, and host us.







EDIT: The Council voted on October 24th to postpone the decision, meaning that if elected, I will be in office when the issue is revisited. Please consider supporting my historic runoff bid with a donation at VoteDozier.com/donate

Georgia Stonewall Democrats Endorse Jason Dozier

ATLANTA—Atlanta City Council District 4 candidate Jason Dozier has earned the official support of Georgia Stonewall Democrats. Georgia Stonewall Democrats is Georgia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally Democratic community.

“[We] are pleased to see the commitment to LGBTQ equality exhibited by so many candidates for local office this cycle,” said Juliana Illari, Secretary of the Georgia Stonewall Democrats. “We are clearly looking at the future… [as these] endorsements reflect credible candidates with long histories of leadership, elected or within their communities.”

Dozier is no stranger to LGBTQ community issues, and as an avid supporter and ally, he believes the city should work to build welcoming and diverse communities.

“I believe that Atlanta must remain committed as a beacon of tolerance and inclusion in light of the hostilities expressed towards LGBT, immigrant, and racial minority communities across our state,” Dozier said. “As state leaders pledge energy and resources to implement RFRA and other discriminatory legislation, we must reaffirm our commitment towards nondiscrimination and diversity.”

The Georgia Stonewall Democrats endorsement is the latest that Jason Dozier has received. Dozier has also been endorsed by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 1644, Atlanta Professional Firefighters (APF) Local 134, International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Local 623, and the Professional Association of City Employees.

About Jason Dozier

Jason served as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Army for six years where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal resulting from his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason is a proud combat veteran who remains active in several veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for American Ideals. Jason also works as a director at Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit empowering veterans and military spouses to find employment after transitioning from their time in service.


Business Coalition Rates Jason Dozier Best-Qualified in District 4 Race

ATLANTA—The Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA) rated Jason Dozier as the best-qualified candidate to represent District 4 for Atlanta City Council. Dozier also received the second highest score out of the 61 candidates vying for a City Council seat this year.

CBA is a nonpartisan coalition comprised of representatives from business and civic organizations. Their core responsibility is to articulate a common agenda to assist Atlanta’s policymakers. To accomplish this, CBA informs voters by providing information on candidates and rating them through a vetting process which includes questionnaires and in-person interviews.

“I am truly honored to know that Atlanta’s business community has validated our vision for Atlanta,” Dozier stated. “We’re working hard to bring a community-based agenda back to City Hall, and we’re glad to know that voters have a clear choice when they go to the polls on Election Day.”

With elections in just over a month, Dozier has proven to be the most qualified candidate to represent Atlanta’s District 4. To see other candidates scores for the City of Atlanta political races, visit cbatl.org/questionnaires/.

To learn more about Dozier’s campaign platforms, visit votedozier.com

Jason served as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Army for six years where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal resulting from his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason is a proud combat veteran who remains active in several veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for American Ideals. Jason also works as a director at Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit empowering veterans and military spouses to find employment after transitioning from their time in service.


Veterans and First Responders Go Door-to-Door for Candidate Jason Dozier

ATLANTA—Atlanta City Council District 4 candidate, Jason Dozier, was joined by first responders and veterans during a neighborhood canvass as part of a day of service commemorating September 11th. Dozier and supporters knocked on doors, spoke with voters, and listened to community concerns in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood.

“We’re always glad to help out in any way we can,” said Alex Hofstadter of the Atlanta Professional Firefighters Local 134. “We have confidence in Jason’s commitment to fighting for much-needed transparency, affordable housing access, and better public safety outcomes.”

Dozier was endorsed by both the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 623 and the Atlanta Professional Firefighters Local 134 earlier this year.

“I am so proud of the continued support I’ve received from our police officers and firefighters, and it was wonderful to have them with us this weekend,” said Dozier, a Mechanicsville homeowner, community activist, and United States Army combat veteran. “I was honored to have our first responders and members of our veteran community come out and join us. This whole experience has been truly humbling.”

Dozier served as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Army for six years where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal resulting from his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Dozier is a proud combat veteran who remains active in several veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for American Ideals. Jason also works as a director at Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit empowering veterans and military spouses to find employment after transitioning from their time in service.


Let’s Make Atlanta Open, Honest, and Accountable

Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta became embroiled in one of the largest corruption scandals in recent memory. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Elvin R. Mitchell, Jr., a local Atlanta construction company owner, was “arraigned on conspiratorial bribery and money laundering charges” for bribing City of Atlanta officials with over $1 million to obtain contracts from the city. The investigation is still ongoing, but we know that bribery and other misconduct resulted in the acquisition of city contracts valued more than $10 million from the City of Atlanta over five years. This recent controversy has drawn renewed attention towards ensuring that our elected representatives consistently act in the best interest of our city.

Government transparency has been a major cornerstone of my campaign, and I believe it is a necessary component of an equitable and just society. For too long, Atlanta has been influenced by backroom deals where those with the right access are prioritized over the people that our officials have sworn to serve. I served as an Army officer across two overseas tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, so I have seen firsthand how money can corrupt local governments, and when left unchecked, how that corruption can bring undue suffering to the people that need help the most.

Atlanta faces many challenges in its quest to secure an open, honest, and transparent government, and I recognize that no individual policy will completely solve these problems. First and foremost, especially in light of the most recent bribery scandal, the city should seek to audit procurement procedures through an independent and external body, which would be a critical first step in preventing future abuses.

However, developing robust and open data portals would aid in transparency as well. Many city departments lack the resources and staff to address myriad open records requests, or even routine information requests, from the general public. But by committing to open data, citizens, nonprofit organizations, and private companies can help the city streamline its processes and potentially identify problems before they arise.

One example of this would be for the City of Atlanta to post checkbook-level spending online, accessible through an easily searchable portal. Atlanta has long-needed an easy-to-use online database of public information. Many American cities do this already–according to the Public Interest Research Group, 17 of America’s 30 most populous cities provide these kinds of online databases. Of these 30 cities, Atlanta ranks near the bottom with an ‘F’ rating and a score of 46 out of 100. Transparency is vital to ensuring accountability, and sustaining ethical spending practices are typically where our elected leaders fall the shortest.

Beyond checkbook-level spending, open data could allow for better monitoring of campaign contributions at the local level. Currently, city uploads disclosure reports through a confusing website which compiles difficult-to-search .pdf documents which are only accessible through a cumbersome user interface. Comparatively, state contributions are scannable and reportable through simple keyword searches, and I believe Atlanta should implement a similar searchable database.

Because of the bribery scandal, existing best practices, and my own experiences fighting corruption and misfeasance at the local level, I emphatically support implementing new regulations, policies, and procedures aimed at stopping ethics abuses at Atlanta City Hall. The Army taught me to defend the values of selfless service, integrity, and honor, and today I carry those principles forward with me in my campaign for Atlanta City Council.

To ensure that our city’s government remains transparent and accountable, I will:

  • Champion an open, honest, and responsive government that values citizen input and community engagement.
  • Fight to maintain an independent ethics board which defends values like integrity and accountability through an active and robust oversight process.
  • Post checkbook-level spending for my District office online so that constituents can see how their needs have been prioritized, and fight to ensure that Atlanta adopts these same transparent practices citywide.
  • Commit to routine, predictable, and well-advertised town hall meetings with neighborhoods across District 4.
  • Support implementing new regulations to stop ethics abuses by commissioning an independent, external body to audit procurement procedures.
  • Update public comment rules and build a framework which allows for the submission of questions and remarks outside of the public commentary period.
  • Continue to invest in our city employees by working to provide additional training, resources, and professional development opportunities tied to a uniform code of ethics which would make it less likely that city workers would break the public trust in the first place.

If elected to represent District 4 as our next City Councilmember, I will continue to fight for justice, equity, and transparency standards in our government. I will work every day while I am in office to bring greater transparency to the City of Atlanta. I believe that no issue is too large or too small for public scrutiny. Whether it’s sanctioning a street closing for a film shoot or voting to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to build a sports arena, the public has a right to know how our elected officials are conducting themselves at City Hall.

Jason Dozier Qualifies as Candidate for Atlanta City Council District 4

ATLANTA—Mechanicsville homeowner, activist, and Army combat veteran Jason Dozier has officially qualified to appear on the ballot as a candidate for Atlanta City Council District 4. Community members, supporters and neighborhood advocates gathered at Atlanta City Hall Tuesday, August 22 to join Dozier as he finalized his qualifying status.

“I am proud to be a native of Atlanta, Georgia; I am proud to be a product of the public school systems; I am proud to be a husband and homeowner in the Mechanicsville community; I am a proud United States combat veteran,” said Dozier. “And I am proud to be our candidate for Atlanta City Council District 4!”  

Though a native of Atlanta, Dozier has lived in the city for the past five years after having returned from six years of military service, which included combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a community activist and as a director at a national non-profit organization, Dozier understands the importance of advocating for Atlanta’s most vulnerable citizens. Dozier’s determination and commitment to running a campaign where communities and neighborhoods come first has been a driving factor.

Dozier’s campaign has largely focused on addressing three major issues. Dozier says that he is committed to “making sure all Atlantans have access to affordable housing in the city; making sure all Atlantans can be safe and that we are taking care of our first responders the same way they have taken care of us; and that I will make sure we have the most open and honest government at City Hall that we’ve ever seen.”

Dozier remains an active member in his neighborhood of Mechanicsville where he works towards ensuring equitable outcomes for community members.

To learn more about the Jason Dozier for District 4 campaign, please visit http://votedozier.com.


Let’s Make Atlanta a Safer Place to Live

Ensuring that we live in safer neighborhoods is one of my top campaign priorities.

Just eight years ago, the City of Atlanta served as an example of effective crime reduction. Between 2001 and 2009, Atlanta’s crime rate fell by 40 percent. This change was particularly notable with violent crime, as homicides fell 57 percent and reported rapes fell 72 percent. Violent crime overall fell by 55 percent. City leaders had much to celebrate, especially considering that those figures far exceeded national trends (violent crime fell only 27 percent in large cities across the country).

Though Atlanta enjoyed a significant decline in crime rates for that period, crime has spiked in recent years. Atlanta continues to routinely appear in top “murder capital” listings, ranking at number 18 as recently as 2015. To make matters worse, much of this is concentrated in some of our most economically vulnerable communities.

While crime directly impacts our ability to have a positive quality of life in our communities, the perception of crime has a lasting effect as well. In 2011, the Atlanta Police Foundation conducted a survey that found the following: 34 percent of respondents thought crime rates were trending upwards within their neighborhoods despite statistics indicating otherwise; 59 percent of respondents felt safe in their neighborhoods; roughly half of respondents thought their car was at risk of getting stolen; and 43 percent of Atlantans thought they were at risk of getting mugged. Furthermore, only 56 percent of respondents thought the Atlanta police were doing a good job.

That perception has led to lifestyle decisions that influence whether consumers invest in communities that are deemed unsafe and further aggravate concerns about personal welfare. The inability to address crime, both real and imagined, can adversely disrupt economic activity, to the detriment of community members and local businesses. Not only does crime affect a business owner’s customer base and bottom line, but it also makes the recruitment of employees extremely difficult.

The perception gap has worsened in the wake of widespread awareness of police misconduct in communities across the country. According to one high-ranking Atlanta police official, the malfeasance that occurs among smaller police departments–police departments that employ 10 to 30 officers, and with the clear exception of Baltimore, Chicago and New York–shaped the narrative of the police brutality discussion. This perception forced larger departments like Atlanta’s to become more accountable to the people, particularly in the wake of protests that emerged from increased public awareness about police misconduct.

In order to combat these issues,  Atlanta Police Department has invested in programs geared towards technological innovation, youth mentorship, and community inclusion. Unfortunately, our policies don’t work in the best interests of all of our community members, and many of Atlanta’s residents don’t feel like our police officers have their best interests in mind. Making the situation worse, efforts to improve police-community relations have been negatively affected by low police morale and high attrition rates. How can we build strong, long-lasting relationships when APD loses roughly 7% of its force each year?

Real or perceived, how we address crime and public safety affects the livelihoods of all Atlantans. Addressing this issue in a comprehensive, holistic manner would work not only to ensure that our communities are safer, but also to positively shape the effects of economic development investments in our communities.

Here’s how we can make our communities safer:

  • Invest in wraparound services centered on social work, community organizing, and economic development which disincentivizes risky behavior and provides stability and opportunities for neighborhood youth.
  • Strengthen community policing by working to change the culture of policing as it pertains to foot patrols. Security measures are much more effective when those charged with maintaining order are seen, heard, and are available and accessible to the recipients of their services.
  • Aggressively address issues related to police retention and morale. Low pay and minimal benefits implies police officers are undervalued and encourages our best and brightest to leave for neighboring jurisdictions.
  • Invest in rigorous and sustained professional development and training opportunities to improve police-community interactions, ensure the deescalation of conflicts, and promote better customer service.
  • Create pathways for homeownership for police officers by offering bonuses and incentives to encourage officers to live in our communities.
  • Invest in tools and technologies to make our police force more efficient and effective in their work.
  • Encourage partnerships with existing community institutions to ensure that ongoing programming is enhanced rather than replaced.

It’s one thing for Atlanta’s police to be at the forefront of innovation with regards to integration of technology, community relationship-building tactics and strategies, and officer diversity; but it must be difficult to sustain these relationships if veteran officers quickly jump ship to neighboring communities that offer better pay and benefits with greater safety. I learned many of these lessons firsthand while serving as an Army officer through two overseas tours. Our military members face similar challenges at the end of each year-long deployment: a rotation’s worth of experiences and relationship-building are thrown out the door as the people with the most intimate knowledge of a community are replaced by new units with new leaders and new sets of priorities.

Though the relationship between the APD and Atlanta’s citizens isn’t completely analogous to that of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the principle largely remains the same. The best way to address this perception issue is to ensure that police are actively seen in the streets, interacting with local citizens. Officers need to focus their time and energy by walking through communities, not behind the wheel of a police cruiser.

Our citizens must know our police officers if we are to trust them and respect their judgement.  And we can’t know our police officers if they continue to leave the city at such a high rate. However, this cuts both ways. Atlanta’s citizen review process must be strengthened, especially if we seek to ensure our officers are well-integrated into our communities. If elected, I will work to:

  • Work with police leadership to address discipline issues, ensuring that the existing citizen review process remains independent, engaged, and empowered to safeguard opportunities for redress in instances of police malfeasance.
  • Ensure APD remains invested in technologies like body cameras and dashboard cameras and establishes policies and training to govern their use.
  • Emphasize citizens’ right to record police interactions.
  • Decriminalize nonviolent offenses, helping to reduce instances of confrontational police-citizen interactions.

The City of Atlanta has a vested interest in improving the relationship between its citizens and its police force, especially considering that interactions between the two are rare and usually occur in the context of confrontation or duress or in damning news stories.

Invest more. Expect more.

AFSCME Endorses Jason Dozier for Atlanta City Council District 4

ATLANTAAtlanta City Council District 4 candidate, Jason Dozier, has earned the official support of Atlanta’s American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1644. One of the nation’s largest public services union, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services, and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

“We are proud to endorse Jason Dozier for Atlanta City Council District 4,” said Tracey Thornhill, President of AFSCME Local 1644. “We believe in Jason’s commitment to working families and we are excited to support his efforts to become District 4’s next representative on Atlanta City Council.”  

Dozier shared AFSCME’s excitement for their new partnership. “I am humbled that AFSCME Local 1644 is supporting our campaign,” Dozier said. “I believe this partnership will build upon our campaign’s commitment towards transparency, ethics, and accountability and will ensure that we build a better Atlanta. Having grown up in a strong union household, I’m proud to stand with our working families and I will continue to be an advocate and ally for our workers at City Hall.”

About Jason Dozier

Jason has served as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Army for six years, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal resulting from his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason is a proud combat veteran who remains active in several veterans groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for American Ideals. Jason also works as a director at Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit empowering veterans and military spouses to find employment after transitioning from their time in service.


AFSCME is a public service union serving more than 1.6 million working and retired nurses, child care providers, sanitation workers, and more. This organization includes a diverse group of members who share a common commitment to public service. An important part of AFSCME’s mission is to advocate for the vital services that keep families safe and make communities strong, whilst continuing to advocate for opportunities for all working-class American families. This union not only fights for fairness in the workplace, but in the halls of the government.



First-Time Candidate Continues to Break District 4 Fundraising Records

Atlanta, Georgia—With a haul of $13,471, Mechanicsville activist, Atlanta native, and United States Army combat veteran Jason Dozier was the top raiser in the Atlanta City Council District 4 race. To date, Dozier has raised $65,347, which is more than all eleven of his opponents combined. This includes 24-year incumbent Cleta Winslow, who reported raising no funds during this disclosure period and whom Dozier maintains a five-to-one fundraising advantage. Dozier continues to be the top fundraising candidate ever to challenge Councilmember Winslow in District 4.

“This experience has been extremely humbling,” said Dozier. “Our campaign continues to focus on our core platform of affordable housing, safer neighborhoods, and government transparency, and I believe that my message of community and accountability has resonated with constituents.”

Jason has served as a reconnaissance officer in the United States Army for six years, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal resulting from his service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason is a proud combat veteran who remains active in several veterans groups including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Veterans for American Ideals. Jason also works as a director at Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit empowering veterans and military spouses to find employment after transitioning from their time in service. Jason remains active in the Mechanicsville community where he’s served as Vice President of the Mechanicsville Civic Association and on the Steering Committee for the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition.