Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Duwon Robinson challenges Councilwoman Felicia Moore, seeks to bring a 'better quality of life' to northwest Atlanta district

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

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  • Courtesy Duwon Robinson
Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore has attracted her first challenger in this year's municipal elections.

Duwon Robinson, a lifelong resident of west Atlanta who grew up in the Bowen Homes Community, doesn't think city officials have done enough for the area over the years. And the only way he can truly help his neighborhood, he says, is by joining the Atlanta City Council.

"I'm 35 years old," says Robinson. "That community looked the same when I was a little boy as it does now. As a matter of fact, it looks worse. Someone needs to do something about it. Who better to do it than myself? That's how I looked at it. As a man, I could take on this responsibility and do better for my community."

This year marks the first time Robinson has run for City Council - something he says he's been preparing for since 2009 after an unsuccessful mayoral campaign. Since then, he claims he has become increasingly involved in his community and continued to listen to people's needs.

Among the key issues that comprise Robinson's platform are education, local business, healthier food choices, and public safety. The former professional sports agent who now tutors children in the community says he's bought shoes for kids, helped children pay for haircuts, among other things to help youth.

"If I can get children to have a better quality of life...If you can get a kid's education right, then we can get the children right," Robinson tells CL.

If elected, he says he would reach out to small business owners and convince them to bring their shops to northwest Atlanta neighborhoods. Part of that, he says, would involve increased code enforcement and improved public safety, both in hopes of making the area safer. "They have to see that the crime is down," Robinson says.

In addition, he wants to improve his neighborhood's food selection, which he says primarily consists of fast food and an overall lack of available produce from both grocery stores and local restaurants. "The brain can't function on hot wings and Chinese food and liquor," he says. "There's nothing healthy to eat in the community."

All of those problems, Robinson says, have remained throughout Moore's time in office. While he does credit her with bringing a fire station and jazz festival to the area, he thinks there are greater needs she hasn't addressed.

"There have been no major facelifts and the constituents don't know her or how to get in contact with her," he says. "I've called her office for four years straight and I've yet to get her to return a phone call, an email, a sit down with her... She's not involved in the community."

Robinson will formally launch his campaign on June 16 during a "Juneteenth Family Reunion" at Grove Park from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Because of that, he hasn't filed his financial disclosures. According to Moore's latest filings, she has raised $4,524.33 in recent months and has $3,647.11 on hand.

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