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Dear Decaturish – In support of Avondale Estates City Commission candidate Lisa Shortell (incumbent)

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Dear Decaturish – In support of Avondale Estates City Commission candidate Lisa Shortell (incumbent)

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Decaturish invited all candidates running in the Nov. 2 municipal election to submit up to three letters on their behalf. One of the letters could be written by the candidate. Here are the letters in support of Avondale Estates City Commission candidate Lisa Shortell (incumbent).

Dear Decaturish,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Avondale Estates City Commissioner Lisa Shortell in her bid for re-election. I have known Lisa for several years and value her commitment to the City of Avondale Estates, the community, and each person within this community.

During her tenure as Commissioner, Lisa has proven herself to be a dedicated leader. She has rolled up her sleeves, done her research, and acted in good faith on behalf of her constituents. Though I have not always agreed with every vote she has cast, I respect and trust her sound decision-making. I am confident that behind every vote, she has put in the hours of research and sought out the input of Avondale residents.

Lisa is a forward-thinking candidate who champions Avondale Estates’ time-honored traditions. She is an advocate of public input, which is foundational in our beloved city. During her time on the BOMC, she has held many Commissioner chats to not only hear, but to understand the concerns and interests of her constituents and neighbors.

Lisa is committed to smart growth and policies that value the community input process incorporated into the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Master Plan. She is, by nature, a consensus-builder who seeks to advance our city while maintaining the many things that make us unique. As a resident, a taxpayer, and a parent, I appreciate her middle-of-the road approach to growth and am excited about this next phase in our city’s development.

One of the many things that makes Avondale Estates so special is the time and energy many residents put into volunteer roles in the community. I know from personal experience that it can be hard to step into a leadership role in a small community of friends and neighbors. I respect anyone who is willing to take on that responsibility. I admire those who do it with dedication and grace. Lisa has my respect, my admiration, and my vote.


Jenny Norris


Dear Decaturish, 

I’m a 16-year resident of Avondale Estates and have operated a brewery in the city’s business district since 2014. When Lisa Shortell first ran for Avondale City Commissioner four years ago, she did not get my vote. In the upcoming election, she most definitely will and I’d like to share a bit about why in hopes of persuading others to vote for Lisa.

Three years ago, the Avondale Board of Mayor & Commissioners held a vote to approve the Alexan development from Trammell Crow, which had mired our community in unnecessary controversy. It was a critical moment in our city’s history. Would we finally move forward or continue decades of stagnation in our downtown? A big crowd showed up to observe and be heard – one side of the room wearing green (Let’s Go!) and the other side hoping that we’d not open our city to a new apartment building. Lisa Shortell was outvoted 4-1 that day and thankfully, that project catalyzed unprecedented momentum in our little city so vividly observable today.

Now we see the town green, the Olive+Pine development, a second (and third!) brewery and more exciting developments on the way. Avondale has never had such buzz.

You might be saying to yourself: “Nick, you’re not making sense. You said you’re endorsing Lisa Shortell and this whole letter has been about your biggest disagreement with her.” That’s true.

It’s what happened right after that vote, and really, before and ever since that persuades me that Lisa Shortell is everything we citizens could hope for in a Commissioner. In the moments after the vote, as we milled about, Lisa made a point of saying that she was glad the development got approved. Her “no” vote was one of conscience – regarding some various rules and processes that weren’t followed precisely to get to the moment of approval. She wasn’t wrong and I deeply respect that she took an unpopular stand due to principle.

What I have learned about Lisa Shortell is that nobody on our Board of Mayor & Commissioners works harder, prepares more, studies as much or asks better questions. Ask anyone else on the BOMC, they’ll tell you the same. And now she goes an entire extra mile and brings her tenacity, integrity and overwhelming thoroughness as the Board’s representative on our Downtown Development Authority.

Trust me when I say that Lisa is one of the great assets of Avondale Estates. She’s as objective as it gets. I trust her even if there are times we don’t see every issue the same way. She’s the type of public servant we all wish was the norm, but sadly isn’t.

Local government candidates talk about “listening” a lot and some really do. No matter your general view of what’s best for Avondale Estates (can we drop the “Estates” part, please?) I assure you that Lisa Shortell takes your view seriously. As initiatives, changes and evolutions to our city, on both sides of the hedge, are considered, debated and either rejected or implemented, I believe Commissioner Shortell will continue to in good faith understand and support what’s truly best for Avondale.

– Nick Purdy, President – Wild Heaven Beer


Dear Decaturish,

This is a letter of strong support for Lisa Shortell who is running for re-election as a city commissioner in Avondale Estates. Lisa has worked tirelessly over the past few years for all citizens in Avondale Estates and has a thorough grasp of the important issues facing our community. Lisa has not only served as a commissioner but has also served as a member of the Downtown Development Authority, which promotes and supports the downtown businesses in our city. She is the only commissioner to serve in this dual role requiring attendance at countless meetings, most of which require preparation to make relevant and insightful contributions and time.

Lisa is clear on her priorities, if re-elected, for the next four years:

– Continue to support the transformation and revitalization of downtown Avondale

– Rebuild, improve, and maintain our storm water infrastructure

– Review and update city policies including policing, inclusion, and environmental sustainability

– Focus on issues in our residential areas of the city.  As commercial tax revenue increases, a portion should be used to maintain and improve public residential areas such as historic plazas, the lake, and traffic calming.

In many recent Avondale elections, the issues of transparency and communication arise. Lisa has held over 15 “town hall” meetings in her four years as commissioner openly communicating with all residents. Lisa returns phone calls, emails, text messages – all of them and without exception. She is the standard-bearer for clear, open communication and transparency.

Lisa has devoted significant personal time for the good of our community over her four years in these positions and is willing to serve another term on our behalf. We would be so lucky if she is re-elected, to have a strong leader with her passion, insight, and commitment leading our city forward.

– Bill and Barbara Clark

More information about voting in the Nov. 2 election: 

Editor’s note: Decaturish and the Tucker Observer have published an Elections Guide, a 76-page e-edition featuring Q&As with nearly every candidate running in our communities. To see it, click here. This special e-edition features candidates running for public office in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Atlanta City Council District 5, Clarkston Tucker and Stone Mountain.  There is a PDF version of this, which you can see by clicking here, but due to the format of this e-edition, we strongly encourage you to use the e-reader version.

All elections coverage can be found at Decaturishvotes.com and Tuckerobservervotes.com.  

Election Day is Nov. 2. Early voting will begin on Oct. 12 and will end on Oct. 29. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 4. To register to vote, click here.

To see a list of important dates in the 2021 election year, click here.

Voters in DeKalb County are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot as of Aug. 16. 

To apply for an absentee ballot:

— Visit the Georgia Secretary of State website.

—  Complete the absentee ballot application using the state’s official paper form. Use black or blue ink only.

Applications can be mailed to the county elections office at this address: DeKalb County Election office, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032-1239.

Applications can also be submitted by fax, 404-298-4038, or email, [email protected]

Voters may send an absentee ballot request for multiple people who live in the same household in the same envelope or email.

If an absentee ballot is not mailed to you, call DeKalb Elections office, 404-298-4020. You may still vote in person, either early or on Election Day.

An absentee ballot application must be received by Oct. 22.

In accordance with SB202, a new voting bill signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in March, a copy of a voter’s ID is required to apply for an absentee ballot. A Georgia driver’s license, Georgia state ID, Georgia voter card, U.S. Passport, U.S. military ID, employee ID issued by any branch of the federal or state government, tribal ID, or a document verifying a voter’s name and address – including a paycheck, utility bill, or bank statement – are accepted forms of ID.

Early voting begins Oct. 12 and ends Oct. 29. The hours for early voting are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be weekend early voting on Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Call your elections office for hours.

Beginning Oct. 12, you can participate in early voting at the following locations: 

– Bessie Branham Recreation Center (2051 Delano Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30317)

– Lynwood Recreation Center (3360 Osborne Road NE, Brookhaven, GA 30319)

– Berean Christian Church – Family Life Center (2197 Young Road, Stone Mountain, GA 30088)

– DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office (4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur, GA 30032)

– Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library (5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084)

– Stonecrest Library (3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, GA 30038)

– County Line-Ellenwood Library (4331 River Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294)

– Dunwoody Library (5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road., Dunwoody, GA 30338)

For the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding early voting times and locations, visit Decaturishvotes.com and Tuckerobservervotes.com or call 404-298-4020.  

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