Dawn for City Council

I’m Carrollton’s Quality of Life candidate. I want to continue carrying the torch of beautification and sensible growth.

I’m the owner of a successful business, and write about technology and software for a living. I’ve built a career on making complicated ideas simple and easy for everyone to understand. I’m excited to bring that talent to our city council, where I hope to remove barriers and be a bridge between the city and everyday people.

I’m also a mother of three, and a 20-year Carroll county resident.

I’ve experienced firsthand the effects and challenges of suburban sprawl.  Three years ago, we moved from an outlier subdivision to the Rome Street area. For the first time in our lives, my kids were in walking distance of  bike lanes, sidewalks, parks, and people-friendly crosswalks. We felt safer and more connected with our neighbors, and closer to community activities. Our street had a 200 year-old oak presiding over the neighborhood. We had shaded places to sit, ride bikes and walk to stores. We didn’t have to spend all of our time in the car.

For an average working family, these little things added to a dramatic upgrade in our quality of life. This shaped the perspective that I want to bring to the city council.

I want to ensure that the city continues to move in this direction.

Quality of life upgrades go hand in hand with economic growth. Small, incremental changes drive business investment, tourism—and the next generation of home buyers. That’s why:

I support Beautification Projects like the one underway for the Bankhead corridor. I want to continue to focus the city’s attention on redevelopment and renewal of city blight, and to draw on leaders and thinkers with fresh ideas to help drive economic growth from new industries.

I will continue Greenbelt expansion so more residents and students can walk and bike to events, restaurants, the Amp, the Arts Center, local businesses and essential shopping—without having to rely on cars.

I support people-friendly city planning. The updated crosswalks near City Hall and Adamson square—as well as the Greenbelt crossings on Hwy. 27— are shining examples of people-friendly city planning. I support expanding updated crosswalks to other areas of the city where pedestrian deaths and injuries are a problem.

Sensible growth within the city limits helps check sprawl in the larger county. I support partnering with smart developers who believe in creating towns, not just developments. I believe that engineers can and should play a role in both driving economic growth as well as preserving natural history. We should look closely at a developer’s history in building a community. We should think twice before cutting down 200 year-old trees. Most importantly, we should take pride in preserving town spaces that give our children a connection to the past—and a vision of the future.


I look forward to broadening the perspectives that will shape our city. I’m grateful for your support!

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Kara Dawn Goodwin 
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