ATLANTA – Fifty-six city council candidates are running for 16 seats in the Atlanta municipal election on November 2.
Patch has asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will post candidate profiles as Election Day approaches.
Jacki Labat is a candidate for position 3 At-Large on the Atlanta City Council.
Democratic, although it is a non-partisan race
Patrick Labat, 54 years old (Maya 26, Briana 26, Patrick II 23, Anthony 22)
Does anyone in your family work in politics or in government?
Yes, my husband is the Fulton County Sheriff. He took office on January 1, 2021.
Elementary to High School: Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools
College: Hampton University, BA in Biology
More than 20 years as executive assistant and chief of staff
8 years as a small business owner – Business Management Consultant
Previous or current office elected or appointed
Why are you looking for an elective position?
I am running for Atlanta City Council because I have a heart for public service and will bring collaborative leadership and fresh ideas that are needed to move the city of Atlanta forward. I will propose concrete solutions to fight crime and public safety, infrastructure and affordable housing and propose innovative solutions to engage and empower our young people. I will work to advance equity and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and plays in Atlanta.
The most pressing issue facing our (council, district, etc.) is _______, and that’s what I intend to do about it.
Speaking with voters across town, the most pressing issue is crime and public safety. I believe we need a short and long term plan to have a significant impact on crime. We need to address staffing levels within APD and AFRD to include strong recruitment drives to attract and retain top talent. We must focus on forming and repairing the relationship between law enforcement and the community. And we must continue to laser focus on crime prevention – targeting repeat offenders, gangs and gun violence, as well as pushing for a full audit and overhaul of the juvenile justice system to include resources. prerequisites for entry in addition to human housing and redevelopment. input programming. We also need to take a deep look at the city’s FTA rates and bond signing processes.
What are the critical differences between you and other candidates for this position?
I have never held a position before, and I have never applied for a position. I’m not looking for this job as a politician, but rather as a mother, wife, and small business owner who just wants to champion good smart governance and move Atlanta forward. I stumbled upon a life in the public service when I married my husband who was then the head of the Atlanta City Detention Center. While technically a part-time position, serving as an At-Large Post 3 board member will absolutely be a full-time commitment for me.
If you are a challenger, how has the current board or incumbent failed the community (or district or constituency)
N / A – there is no start in this race.
How do you think the local authorities reacted to the coronavirus? What if something would you have done differently?
One of the biggest missteps around this time last year – as well as when the vaccines were released – was to assume that COVID-19 would now be over. While Atlanta is no longer on lockdown, the pandemic is raging. The economic toll for many has been devastating, and we need to start exploring both short and long-term post-COVID stimulus packages to ensure adequate resources are available to include financial, educational, technological and healthcare resources. . I would also encourage business owners to revisit business models to ensure long-term success and sustainability in a post-COVID world. Many of the changes made during the pandemic are here to stay, and some past business models will not survive. We should be focusing on helping these business owners pivot and perhaps reinvent themselves in a sustainable way.
What do you think are the root causes of the recent and continuing increase in violent crime, and how would you approach the problem?
We are witnessing an alarming increase in crime which is, in part, due to the environment created by the pandemic; However, we are also seeing a lot of opportunity crimes – where criminals feel emboldened in parts of our city due to a lack of staff, resources and response time. We need to fully staff APD and AFRD and be prepared to recruit and retain talent aggressively. Supporting our public safety officers is not mutually exclusive and holding them to account. We need to rebuild trust and repair the relationship between law enforcement and the community. As a city, we should focus on crime prevention as well as ‘pre-admission’ resources to keep our youth out of the criminal justice system to begin with, as well as resources / programs for those returning to the criminal justice system. company. Local law enforcement agencies should unite to target repeat offenders, gangs and gun violence. And the juvenile justice system should be overhauled to ensure accountability and consequences instead of being a gateway to a life of crime. We also need to take a deep look at the city’s FTA rates and bond signing processes.
Are you for or against the creation of Buckhead City? Why or why not?
The plans I have seen for the town of Buckhead appear to be superficial and high level with a primary focus on public safety. I believe a new administration at city hall that takes a tough stance on crime and public safety, as well as fully staffed police and fire departments and improved and more efficient municipal services will bring much of the change that Buckhead City fans (and all Atlantans) would love to see.
How would your administration react to the creation of Buckhead City and the resulting loss of a major residential, commercial and cultural center and a major source of tax revenue? How would you react to residents and businesses in this community if city status were rejected?
If the Buckhead City movement were to pass, it would deal a devastating blow to Atlanta, and it would create an incredibly strained relationship between the governing bodies. If the measure were rejected, I would work with everyone in Buckhead to ensure that the City of Atlanta is doing everything possible to identify measurable goals and objectives and not only meet but exceed those expectations. The overriding objective should be to move the city forward in a collaborative manner. Ultimately, the same goes for Atlanta, as well as the Atlanta Metro – to include Buckhead as it currently is as well as the proposed town of Buckhead. No city, town or local government entity is an island and should not function as one. There are shared ridings across Atlanta that shouldn’t have competing agendas but rather coordinated and integrated agendas to move the entire city, metro Atlanta area, and state forward.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Affordable housing is essential to Atlanta’s economic vitality. I will support legislation that promotes a healthy mix of housing options to include affordable rental housing, single family homes, duplexes, and seniors’ communities to ensure opportunities for all. I will be prioritizing the development of a post-COVID recovery plan to help former residents overcome obstacles related to rising housing costs and taxes. Small businesses are struggling to regain and retain staff, and housing evictions are expected to skyrocket as protections expire.
We need to find new and creative ways to engage, empower, educate and employ our youth to develop the next generation of leaders. I will mobilize our business leaders and community stakeholders to ensure that all of our youth have access to quality mentoring, job training and employment opportunities, including fair and decent pay.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?
I have spent most of my career as an Executive Assistant and Chief of Staff for many Atlanta business leaders, including several years working with Coretta Scott King. I feel like I’ve prepared for this role all my life – understanding the politics of a situation, being strategic, intuitive and collaborative yet decisive, anticipating the needs of others and exercising sound judgment based on those needs. . I was one of the most sought-after executive assistants across town, and I would like to think that was in part due to my commitment to continuously improve myself, avoid shortcuts, and speak the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
My uncle wrote to me when I was in college and told me that “his political party doesn’t mean blind allegiance. Always be respectful of other points of view – even when you don’t agree. It is very dangerous for any community to depend solely on one political party for health, wealth or prosperity.
What would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
Atlanta is my home, and I have called many communities across this city home. From southwest Atlanta to downtown to Midtown and Buckhead, I worked, lived, played and raised my family in these communities. I really love that Atlanta is a place where neighbors care, visitors come to have a good time, and diversity and inclusion reign supreme. However, I was forced to run for Atlanta City Council because I was disheartened to see the city we love and the communities we live in dwindle.
I am pleased to have received mentions from AFSCME (Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees) and FPSE (Federation of Public Service Employees) as well as Ambassador Andrew Young. I am currently a member of the LEAD Advisory Council, chairman of the Buckhead-Atlanta Associate Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., and a member of Pace Ceters, Inc. I have been married to my husband, Patrick, for 12 years. We attend Enon Baptist Church and share four adult children who are all graduates of Atlanta Public Schools. We reside in the Midwest Cascade with our rescue puppies, Hugo & Finesse.
Thank you for your consideration and support. I would love to have your vote on Tuesday November 2nd!