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In 2017, Kelly Walsh was elected by nearly half of the the voters of Decatur’s District 1 to succeed outgoing City Commissioner Fred Boykin. Kelly ran a positive campaign rooted in issues of walkability, community engagement, and strategic planning for smart growth. It was a competitive race with four candidates and Kelly won the seat by garnering 47.59% percent of the vote over her three opponents.

Kelly has lived in the City of Decatur with her husband Pat since 2005, and has a long history of service to the community through many volunteer and leadership roles.

Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. Kelly’s experience in public service dates back to her early work post-college on Capitol Hill, followed by international development projects promoting democracy and free elections in Africa for a non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C. After completing her MBA, Kelly came to Atlanta to work in international marketing and strategic planning for the global corporate headquarters of UPS. Kelly intends to leverage her experience in strategic planning in the role of Commissioner, a skill set honed in both her professional work at UPS and volunteer board service to high-impact non-profit organizations like Girls on the Run and Atlanta Track Club.

Working as a Realtor since 2012, Kelly is one of Keller Williams Realty Metro Atlanta’s top individual residential agents and has been the recipient of the DeKalb Association of Realtors’ Pinnacle Award four times. With a lifelong passion for travel and international study, Kelly speaks fluent French and conversational Spanish. An avid runner, Kelly enjoys competing at local races and running for fun in the neighborhood. The highlight of Kelly’s volunteer career in Decatur was receiving the Hometown Hero Award in 2015.

Kelly’s husband of 13 years, Pat Walsh, is the Decatur Market President for Charter Bank (formerly Resurgens Bank) and serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Decatur Arts Alliance. He also coaches youth basketball for the Decatur recreation league. Kelly and Pat have two children in the City Schools of Decatur. They enjoy being active as a family outside, taking hikes with their dog, and enjoying all the community events in and around the city.
Kelly’s Commitment to Service

Kelly’s Dedication to Community

  • Decatur Active Living Citizen’s Advisory Board 2012 – present
  • Chair – Decatur Active Living Citizens Advisory Board, 2013 & 2014
  • Steering Committee Member, Decatur 360 Comprehensive Plan, 2015
  • Decatur Business Association Member
  • Decatur 101 Class of 2012
  • Leadership DeKalb Class of 2018
  • Decatur Hometown Hero 2015

Kelly Works For Kids

  • Clairemont Elementary PTA Co-President 2014-2017
  • Decatur Education Foundation PTA Council Liaison 2016-2017
  • Chair DEF/FAVE Fifth Avenue 5K & Mayor’s Mile, 2016-2017
  • Girls on the Run Board of Directors Chair 2007-2009

Kelly On the Run

  • ​Atlanta Track Club, Board of Directors, ​2010-2015
  • Team Decatur Race Committee, 2014 – present
  • ​​Run with the Dogs Race Committee, 2012 – present
  • Girls on the Run​, Coach, 2017

Kelly Volunteers For That

  • Volunteer Decatur!
  • Decatur Bulldog Booster Club
  • Publix GA Marathon Decatur Water Station
  • Keller Williams Red Day

Kelly’s Candidate Q&A with Decaturish

Kelly is dedicated to making Decatur the best it can be
through hard work, strong leadership, and collaboration.

Keeping Decatur Moving

It is important to protect one of our city’s greatest assets; walkability. Our ability to transit safely and efficiently around and through the city using a balanced transportation plan will ensure a high quality of life and a strong local economy for all residents.

  • Support pedestrian safety initiatives such as reducing speeds, enhanced crosswalks, and more sidewalks throughout the entire city.
  • Encourage greater connectivity via walking and bicycle paths between residential neighborhoods and commercial districts.
  • Update the city’s transportation plan with a view to promoting regional connectivity and creating economic development.

Creating Greenspace

Decatur has the opportunity to dedicate and preserve greenspace within the city limits. Providing access throughout the entire city, including downtown, to a broad range of outdoor spaces is essential to maintaining an active and healthy citizenry.

  • Work on a complete update of the city-wide greenspace infrastructure plan.
  • Find additional opportunities for public-owned amenities like pocket parks.
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders to optimize planning, with extensive public input, for the 77 acres at the United Methodist Children’s Home property on South Columbia Drive.

Fostering Diversity

A city’s diversity flourishes in a multitude of ways. Diversity is promoted by access to a variety of housing types and an inclusive approach to citizen involvement.

  • Strengthen involvement between neighborhoods, volunteer boards, the business community and the city government.
  • Encourage the growth of Decatur’s multi-cultural environment.
  • Develop affordable housing for city and school employees.
  • Generate more opportunities for senior housing.

Collaborating with
our Schools

Another important asset that benefits everyone in the City of Decatur is our high-performing public school system. Protecting the environment that allows CSD to be successful should be a top priority of the city commission.

  • Maintain a strong partnership with the City Schools of Decatur board and staff by actively participating in planning and strategic initiatives.
  • Work together with school leadership to maximize shared resources such as greenspace and multi-purpose athletic facilities for the benefit of all residents.
  • Formulate shared goals for managing growth and maintaining the level of high quality education our parents expect and our children deserve.

Let’s work together to make Decatur the best it can be,
I’d love to hear from you.

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