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Meet Decatur City Council candidate Ed Culp

From the Meet the candidates running for Decatur City Council series
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Ed Culp

Age: 52

Occupation: Director of training, Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center

Have you ever held and elected office? I have never ran for or held an elected office prior to now.

Why are you seeking a seat on the Decatur City Council? I’ve always had a strong desire to serve my nation and my community. After nearly 30 years in law enforcement, I don’t feel my desire to serve has an expiration date and this feels like a new way for me to serve the community I love.

What attributes do you possess that will make you a good council member? I have very good listening skills and I always follow up with any issues to make sure the issues are resolved and doesn’t present itself again. Display leadership skills to get goals for Decatur accomplished, not the continual delay meeting after meeting with no results.

My mindset is about growth; whether it’s welcoming more business or citizens, we need to grow. Our existing businesses deserve the right to strive, not be held back. We need to support existing business in our community.

The city council may be asked to make some serious decision when it comes to the city budget, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19. What cuts are you willing to consider? Without seeing the budget and its projections; that is tough to answer. A great percentage of any budget is personnel. When it comes to personnel, I take that very seriously and don’t want to just throw out a quick answer. Our city personnel represents families who invested into the city of Decatur, so therefore we should be invested in them. Other than personnel, we could look at all departments, citywide, for a reduction in spending.

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What cuts are off the table? One area we cannot afford to “cut” is public safety. I understand some might consider my career as allegiance, when they see this answer but public safety is a direct reflection of the public they serve. Public safety has suffered drastic cuts over the years. Decatur police has 15 sworn vacancies over the past 5-6 years that has been taken from their budget.

The Decatur Fire Department is also down 17 fire personnel, three of which were arson investigators. With structure fires on an increase, the arson investigators are key.

What are the top three issues you want to see addressed once you are elected?

1. COVID recovery plan at a local level to assist small business.

2. Better inter-governmental relationships, as we all strive for the same citizens and their quality of life.

3. Resume lakeside development through a partnership involving steering committees and local government.

The Herald & Review is profiling the candidates running for Decatur City Council. 


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