South Fulton mayor-elect delivers on campaign promise by moving into deteriorating apartment complex
SOUTH FULTON, Georgia. – The mayor-elect of South Fulton is keeping his campaign promise to move into a struggling resort before making a decision on his future.
Camelot Condominiums was built on the old national road in the 1970s, but the future of the development is unclear. The complex is deteriorating and plagued by crime, squatters and fires.
South Fulton Mayor-elect Khalid Kamau has made the bold decision to move into the complex to have first-hand experience of what residents are going through.
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“I come from the black lives movement and the nonviolent student committee, we believe that you have to live among people to understand them, so it’s not a blow but a principal,” said the mayor-elect.
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The city’s second-elected mayor admits that he initially thought about demolishing the complex and rebuilding it, but changed his mind during the election campaign last year.
“There was an uproar from the previous owners. A few residents said I love my house, I don’t want to lose it. So I decided to move in before making a final decision,” said Kamau.
The elected mayor accepted the offer of the inhabitants.
He started moving into the complex on Monday signed a one-year lease over the weekend. He will pay $ 800 a month for his one bedroom apartment. He says the goal is to involve the community in improving the resort.
“I hope this will bring attention to Camelot and bring development dollars to our city.” asserted the politician.
Many residents believe the move is genuine and respect and appreciate the effort.
“Now we have a mayor who says: ‘I am with you, I support you. I want to see with my own eyes, I am ready to live here,” commented Condia Perry, a worried resident.
The mayor-elect says it’s not a publicity stunt, he’ll actually be living in his apartment every night for the next year. When we asked the mayor-elect if he had a security issue, he said he believed in God and prayed for his safety.
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