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George Dusenbury, director of the The Trust for Public Land, running for City Commission District 1

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George Dusenbury, director of the The Trust for Public Land, running for City Commission District 1

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George Dusenbury


George Dusenbury announced he will be running for City Commission District 1.

The seat is currently held by Commissioner Scott Drake, who is not seeking reelection. The election is Nov. 5.

Dusenbury currently serves as the Georgia-Alabama State Director for The Trust for Public Land. That’s a non-profit that advocates preserving public land and building parks. Locally, he’s known for being behind the formation of the Downtown Decatur Neighbors, a group that has advocated for pedestrian safety and greenspace. He is co-founder of the Decatur Parents Network, a group that promotes “a nurturing environment that encourages kids to make safe, smart decisions.”

“My foremost priority is to strengthen the voice that residents have in the ongoing growth of Decatur,” Dusenbury said in his campaign announcement. “Decatur is a special and unique community that continues to draw new residents and new development.  It is essential that we maintain the character that makes Decatur special while appropriately integrating the growth that keeps our city vibrant. I will focus on improving pedestrian safety, preserving and expanding our tree canopy, and advocating for a comprehensive, long-term plan for growth and greenspace. In pursuing these goals, I will emphasize collaboration, listening to our residents, and conducting myself in an open and transparent manner.”

Dusenbury has a wife Courtenay. He has a bachelor of arts in English from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. He worked as U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ legislative director in Washington D.C. and the congressman’s district director in Atlanta. He’s also served as executive director of the nonprofit group Park Pride and as a commissioner for Parks & Recreation in the city of Atlanta.

“Nearly 40 years ago, our City’s leaders created a Town Center Plan that laid the groundwork for what Decatur is today,” he said. “As we face unprecedented growth and development, it is essential that we show similar leadership to develop the vision for what Decatur will be 10, 20 and 30 years from now. With more than twenty-five years of experience bringing government, business and nonprofits together for the common good, I look forward to engaging with Decatur residents and civic leaders to ensure a strong future for our city.”

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