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It is important to understand political environment. 

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"A political machine is a political group in which an authoritative boss or small group commands the support of a corps of supporters and businesses (usually campaign workers), who receive rewards for their efforts."


"Political machines are characterized by a disciplined and hierarchical organization, reaching down to neighborhood and block organizers, that enables the machine to respond to the problems of individual neighborhoods, or even families, in exchange for loyalty at the polls. The term refers to their ability to elect candidates or enact measures with mechanical efficiency and predictably.


Organizers who "deliver" the votes are often rewarded with patron jobs. However, patronage can result in poorer service to the citizens because appointees

may be neither qualified for their jobs nor interested in performing them. Control of both elective and appointed posts also gives a machine control of government salaries and revenues, which can be used to enrich the party at the public's expense. For example, the machine may accept donations or kickbacks from

businesses in return for such favors as tax or zoning concessions or the award of lucrative public-works contracts.  In some cities, machine business dealings have included accepting money from organized-crime syndicates in exchange for protection from legal interference.


Although the primary goal of a political machine is keeping itself in power rather than providing good government, machines have been responsible for restructuring city governments to centralize authority, improving facilities and services, helping to assimilate immigrant groups, and encouraging the growth of business and industry.


Supporters of political machines say that they "work" and that consolidating power in the hands of a boss, like Mayor Richard J (1902-76) guarantees city governments the power and authority that they need to cope with urban problems effectively. However, because political machines in such cities as Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Kansas City have also been responsible for many abuses of power, the term carries a pejorative sense."

Upcoming District 4 Events September to December

Small Business Roundtable

Environmental Forum

HOA & Housing

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Councilwoman Gilyard was recognized November 1st at Fulton County Schools Legacy of Excellence Awards. Councilwoman Gilyard received the Blue Ribbon Partnership Award because of her work/partnership with Renaissance Middle School.


City of South Fulton Selected to Join the National League of Cities -page-0

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Click here: Georgia senator among those subpoenaed in tax break abuse probe.

The chickens come home to roost!

Council Woman Naeema Gilyard




Greetings neighbors,

A few weeks ago, I met with a developer who wanted to meet with me to talk about a development his company planned for our district and wanted to discuss it with me because he wanted to know what the community wanted.  Using information from surveys our district completed, I attended the meeting and was surprised.  A gated subdivision of luxury homes and a 55+residential section, Whole Foods or Trader Joes (requested by me) and a commercial or mixed use section that will include a church, retail and restaurants will be the project.  It will be on 39 acres fronting Cedar Grove Road across from the Parks at Cedar Grove.

Finally, it is coming.  This will be the game changer because other developers will come with positive development. I look forward to sharing more information with you soon about this project and more that I know is coming.


In The Best Interest of the People,

Naeema Gilyard, Your Council Member

District 4 – Where People Matter

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South Fulton Seeks to Sit Down with Union City Over Development

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The city will be conducting Zoning Rewrite Meetings citywide. They will be in different locations. The one in our area will be Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm – Cedar Grove Community Center located at 9285 Cedar Grove Road. Remember zoning determines what goes on the land. It would be beneficial for you to attend, to learn about it, provide your opinion and be involved. Don’t wait until after the rewrite and complain about the decisions being made. Take the opportunity to be at the table. You have a seat like you’ve never had before.

Peace Naeema Gilyard,

Your Council Member

District 4 – Where People Matter


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