Says Paine “In these times, we need experienced and conservative leadership that is focused on protecting Alpharetta’s Taxpayers and Neighborhoods, while looking out for our future.”

Jim Paine, a long time community leader and City Councilman in Alpharetta, announced last month that he is seeking the office of Mayor of the City of Alpharetta. His campaign kickoff event will be held at The Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub at 12650 Crabapple on September 8 from 6-8 pm.

“The campaign will be sending out additional details soon, we wanted to get the basic information out there now. We hope for a strong turnout,” said Paine. “It will be a great opportunity to get together and launch the campaign. This mayoral race will set the direction for Alpharetta for years to come.”“In my many years of public service I have been singularly focused on making Alpharetta a great place,” said Paine.  “I believe in times like these we need a Mayor that will focus on building on our accomplishments, and maintain our hometown as a leader, not just in North Fulton or the region, but in Georgia. Alpharetta deserves a Mayor who is available at all times, and will passionately devote 100% of his time and expertise in leading your great City of Alpharetta”.

Paine has built a substantive, conservative record. On the City Council, he has consistently voted to keep tax rates low.  He has worked to expand the tax base by helping to recruit new businesses to the city. His fellow Council Members elected Paine Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Mayor) for nine years of his fifteen years on Council.

He is also a leader in the movement to create Milton County. “I believe all governments should be accountable and closer to the people,” Paine said. Paine also has established solid working relationships with all North Fulton leaders in areas of regional impact, such as traffic, water and legislative policy. “Working together, our North Fulton Cities can address many of the problems facing us today.  I am already involved in many of these initiatives”.

As Mayor, Paine says he will work on completing the new Downtown Development Center, making Alpharetta a leader in job creation and protecting the city’s neighborhoods. “My priorities all build on each other, completing Downtown, the right way, can help us attract new businesses and jobs, which grow the tax base and allow us to provide the highest level of service for our citizens, particularly in the area of public safety. These things don’t just happen by accident,” said Paine.

“I’m looking forward to the kickoff and the campaign, I really am,” said Paine. “We have all these great new ways to interact, so I’m out there on Twitter (@JimPaineMayor) and you can find me on Facebook, but none of these substitute for a good face to face conversation. I am going door to door to make sure I know what’s on people’s minds and so I can look them in the eye and ask for their vote.”

In addition to his service on the City Council, Jim served as Alpharetta’s Recreation Chairman, and he earned the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association’s “Volunteer of the Year” award. Also, he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Alpharetta, Ed Isakson YMCA Board Member and Board Chairman of Alpharetta PAL, a youth crime prevention program.  For additional information, check out www.jimpaine.com.