Jason Dozier is an Atlanta native, Army combat veteran, and Mechanicsville homeowner. As our next City Councilmember Jason will fight to preserve housing affordability in District 4. Jason will fight to make our communities safe again. Jason will fight to create the open, honest and transparent City Council our families and small businesses so richly deserve. And as our next City Councilmember Jason will be the strongest ally and advocate our neighborhoods have ever had on City Council.

Jason is fighting to:

  • Preserve access to quality affordable housing in District 4 and beyond by fighting to:
    • Employ market-driven solutions, such as ending minimum parking requirements for new construction and removing traditional zoning requirements which would expand housing choices.
    • Aggressively target blight and code enforcement violators, which would increase the supply of available housing and open more opportunities to families across the city. More on that here.
    • Expand Invest Atlanta’s home down payment assistance programs, strengthening the pipelines available for residents to become homeowners.
    • Work with county-level partners to develop new property tax exemptions for cost-burdened property owners
    • Expand funding for land banks or community land trusts, which would stabilize land costs and promote economic diversity in neighborhoods by ensuring community stewardship of land.
    • Adopt mandatory inclusionary zoning practices for transactions involving the sale or transfer of publicly-owned property.
  • Aggressively address abandoned and blighted properties by fighting to:
    • Hire the code enforcement officers and researchers necessary to improve the effectiveness of that department.
    • Significantly increase the fines for unoccupied properties with code violations, potentially resulting in criminal prosecution if violators don’t show up to court or if violations aren’t remedied.
    • Partner with our state legislators to ensure that they sponsor legislation to provide greater flexibility for the city to use eminent domain as a remediation tool.
    • Work to ensure that the city to ensure that vacant property condemnations expand land bank programs, which I believe are key to keeping housing in Atlanta affordable.
  • Ensure that we have cleaner, safer neighborhoods supported through community-oriented policing by fighting to:
    • 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.
    • Change the culture of policing to encourage more foot patrols in our communities, ensuring that officers are seen, heard, and accessible to our citizens.
    • Aggressively address issues related to police retention and morale.
    • 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.
  • Commit to open, honest, and responsive government that values citizen input and community engagement by fighting to:
    • Champion an open, honest, and responsive government that values citizen input and community engagement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Empower citizens to be informed, engaged, and to hold their elected officials accountable by fighting to:
    • Improve awareness of citizen-led meetings and community gatherings by communicating directly with constituents and investing in improved signage and wayfinding.
    • Lower the barriers to participation in government by streaming videos of community meetings online and exploring child-care and transportation options for citizens.
    • Reform the Neighborhood Planning Unit system, investing in additional staff and resources to standardize and streamline the system across the city.
    • Incorporate participatory budgeting processes to ensure that the allocation of monies from the annual District 4 discretionary fund are community-driven.
  • Prioritize investment in diverse transportation options that link neighborhoods with jobs and connects communities to regional resources by 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.
  • Preserve our city’s cultural diversity by protecting and strengthening our city’s arts community by fighting to:
    • Through collaboration with the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Parks and Recreation, work to develop programming anchored by our recreation centers and nonprofit organizations to encourage more of our youth to participate in multidisciplinary arts programming.
    • Preserve our existing artist communities by working to identify and expand affordable housing solutions.
    • Work with stakeholders to develop weighted funding scales to ensure that small, diverse, equity-focused arts organizations have greater access to public funds than larger, more established institutions.
    • Oppose unnecessary regulations that curb artistic expression. Typically this has been effected through public mural ordinances. I believe that elected officials must nourish the creativity within our arts community and work to provide additional outlets for that expression.
    • Identify alternative and sustainable financing measures to ensure consistent investment in arts programming across the city.
    • Partner with developers to organize artist-in-residence programs which would offer free- or reduced-cost housing for artists to live and work in some of our most historic and culturally-vibrant corridors.
  • Ensure that we have equitable, green, sustainable, and livable development that emphasizes the need for clean air and water and addresses flooding
  • Reinvest in youth programs and maintain a positive, collaborative relationship with Atlanta Public Schools