James Graves is a candidate for the Zachary City Council District 4 seat. His official announcement follows:
I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for Zachary Council – District 4. My family and I made the decision together several weeks ago because we are proud to be a part of the Zachary Community and we want to be a part of its continued growth. Zachary is already known as a first-choice destination for residential, employment, education and small business opportunities among those wishing to relocate to our area, but those of us who already live, and work here have a vested interest in seeing our community grow while also ensuring that we grow efficiently and safely. The vision of city leaders to position Zachary as a prime location for growth has created a path for us to move forward. However, growing, without losing our “small town” charm, takes careful planning, as well as the development of an expanded network partnership of government and the citizens at-large. I believe I have the drive to help make that vision a reality, and I am committed to doing my part. Rather than sit back and say what we “need to do” to make Zachary even better, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and work toward our common goal, both, as your Councilman and a member of the greater community network. Among my first priorities when elected to serve District 4, I am committed to the following:
• Drainage and Traffic – Invest in shovel-ready projects that make sense, without wasting taxpayer funds, and without unnecessary delays
• Crime Prevention – Zero tolerance for violent crime, while proactively working with youth, young offenders and socially displaced individuals before they reach the point that their choices affect our safety and security, and their freedom
• Smart Growth – Not just growth. We need a comprehensive plan for the long term, while always protecting our way of life, those values that set the City of Zachary above the rest
I understand what small businesses need and the challenges many of us face daily. As a young teenager 25 years ago, I began working in my family’s locally owned business where I learned to love the business side of Zachary, developing a strong work ethic, a commitment to superior customer service, and never being satisfied with just getting by. In 2010, I took over a local Barber Shop, which I operate to this day. I, and my staff, pride ourselves in our drive to treat every customer as if he or she is the only one in the room, hoping they’ll tell others if they are satisfied and tell me if they are not. Our government leaders have the same obligation, but to every man, woman and child within our city limits. We must also present our city with a warm welcome to visitors and potential investors we hope will return. I want to be a part of that process.
I am no stranger to hard work, sweat, and commitment. I work daily to provide a safe, secure home for my wife and children, to assist the underserved in our community, and to remain active in numerous social, civic and religious organizations. My job as Councilman for District 4—part of a larger body of city leaders—will be just as important as the commitments I already have and take very seriously.
I have been an advocate for various causes most of my adult life. My plan is to continue with those core convictions, advocating for the small business owner, with new investment opportunities for commerce, advocating for family entertainment and enrichment, advocating for social and civic causes, but never at the expense of the values and traditions set forth by our predecessors. We don’t need more subdivisions; we need more opportunities. Smart Growth is possible and it’s within our reach.
If given the chance on November 8th, I will prove that my word is my bond, and I will work tirelessly to help our community achieve all its present and future goals. I humbly ask for your vote and thank you for your support.
James Graves, Candidate for Zachary City Council – District 4
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