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Sarah Beeson

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LONG-TIME ROSWELL RESIDENT

Sarah Beeson first moved to Roswell in 1998 where she attended Mountain Park Elementary and participated in softball, drama, gymnastics, and dance through Roswell Parks & Rec. While attending Georgia State University to obtain her Bachelor's degree, Sarah continued to live in Roswell — renting in River Mill Condominiums and commuting to college via MARTA. Today, she considers herself lucky to purchase a home and raise her children alongside her husband in the same city where she grew up. Sarah enjoys giving back to the Roswell community by volunteering with organizations such as Keep Roswell Beautiful, Children's Restoration Network, Helping Mamas, Homeless Period Project, and more. 

PUTTING EXPERIENCE TO WORK

Sarah Beeson helps run her family's small business — an engineering consulting firm which has been based in Roswell for nearly 25 years. She advocates on behalf of small businesses as a member of the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association. She has also served as the North Fulton lead for Abundant Housing Atlanta and on the Board of Directors for organizations such as Advance Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Environmental Professionals, and Roswell Inc. Prior to joining her family's company, Sarah worked for several years in the nonprofit industry.

Sarah is presently working towards her doctorate (PHD) in environmental planning with a primary focus on city planning at the University of Georgia.  She also possesses a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from UGA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Georgia State University.  Sarah is currently the only Roswell City Councilmember who runs a business based in Roswell and possesses city planning and environmental management experience.

YOUR ROSWELL CITY COUNCILMEMBER

First elected in December of 2022 to serve the remainder of former Councilmember Zapata's vacated seat, Sarah has dedicated 2023 to being a fair-minded, alternative voice on Roswell City Council. She was often the lone voice of reason on topics like keeping public records accessible, reducing discretionary spending, and working with the community and businesses alike on topics like the proposed Canton Street closure. While serving as Council Liaison to Public Safety, she championed mental health support for first responders, advocated for resources for Roswell Police Department and Roswell Fire Department, and organized the city's first police versus fire kickball game hosted at East Roswell Park.

SARAH'S PLATFORM

Transparency + Accountability

Sarah believes that our government should serve we the people, not just an elite few. By seeking input from Roswell's residents and businesses directly, Sarah's goal is to enact policies that will positively impact all of Roswell. Since she first took office in December, 2022, Sarah remained the only Roswell Councilmember to host ongoing town hall-style events — such as her quarterly Coffee with a Councilmember meetings at East Roswell Public Library — to ensure she remained accessible. She also remained the only councilmember to fight to keep the city's records open to the public. Sarah has  maintained her campaign commitment of not appointing campaign donors to positions of power and even brought forward an ordinance that would prevent other elected officials from doing the same.

Economic Prosperity

Sarah Beeson believes that it is the duty of our elected officials to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayer dollars. Through mindful budgeting, her goal is to keep taxes low while supporting economic growth to increase the city's revenue. To keep Roswell livable and safe, we must work to keep Roswell financially resilient. Since she was elected last December, Sarah fought to reduce executive discretionary spending by 80% in the FY24 budget. She has also worked to promote local businesses — especially those located east of GA-400. She will not be supporting any increases to business taxes in 2023.

Support Local Businesses

As someone running a Roswell-based small business, Sarah understands firsthand the challenges facing our local businesses. By focusing on economic development and giving Roswell a competitive edge, we can continue to recruit new businesses while supporting our existing companies and workforce. When our businesses succeed, Roswell succeeds. Sarah has advocated for Roswell businesses — and is the sole sitting councilmember who has supported allowing Roswell business owners the ability to give public comments in Roswell City Council meetings. Currently, Sarah is the only Roswell Councilmember who runs a business in the City of Roswell.

Environmental Resilience

Roswell's convenient location adjacent to the Chattahoochee River has granted our city with natural beauty rivaled by none in the Metro Atlanta region. Sarah supports protecting our river, parks, and greenspace along with improving the resiliency of our city's infrastructure — such as transportation systems, recreation areas, and pedestrian/bicycle networks. By continuing to make Roswell more walkable and bikeable, we can improve the quality of life for all of our city's residents. While serving on Roswell City Council in 2023, Sarah has supported improved stormwater management, expanded bicycle networks, green building practices, and expanding bioswale systems while decreasing impermeable surfaces in our city's parks.

Housing Choice

Sarah has been a longtime vocal advocate for housing choice in the City of Roswell. Through encouraging options such as "missing middle housing" and transit-accessible walkable communities, Sarah believes that Roswell can recruit young professionals and their families while giving our generational residents the option to age in place. By keeping Roswell livable for all, we can support a thriving economy and diverse city without displacing our long-time residents.

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