As Huntsville’s District 2 City Council Member, David Little is already fielding requests and complaints from citizens just a month into his tenure.
Whether it’s a sanitation question or request for a new sidewalk, Little is excited to help residents better navigate their local government and improve their quality of life.
We recently caught up with Little to learn more about his approach to leadership and priorities for the next four years. Check out the Q&A below:
Why did you decide to run for the District 2 seat and how has your prior experience helped prepare you for this role?
I am a lifelong Huntsvillian. Over the years, I have been involved in various nonprofit organizations and other areas of my community. I felt like I had a good pulse on the City and it was time to have a larger role in things. As I like to say, I wanted to sit at the grownups table! Huntsville is a gem and I want to keep it that way.
What are the biggest challenges facing District 2 and how do you hope to address them?
D2 is mostly residential. There are certainly areas of business but based on what I heard during the campaign, keeping up with our growth and maintaining roads was important to our neighbors. I’d like to explore ideas on what amenities/businesses could be added to the Hampton Cove area to keep folks from having to drive over the mountain.
What are your top three priorities as you begin your term?
Learn how best to communicate with our department heads to better serve our neighbors when they have concerns. I’d like to be as efficient as possible but I do understand that some things just don’t happen quickly. I’d like to find some ways to make our roads safer. My family was in a car crash caused by a distracted driver that put me in the hospital for two weeks and a wheelchair for three months. Beyond that, I want to work with other Council members and the Mayor to make sure Huntsville maintains its lofty status.
You are entering a group with multiple established Council members. How does your style of leadership compare with the others?
We are all certainly different but we all love Huntsville. I am grateful for the mentoring I have already received from several Council members. I tend to be quiet and listen more than I speak. I will ask questions to seek clarity when needed.
How do you plan to stay in touch and connect with your constituents?
Email, phone, e-newsletter and in-person meetings. I will use social media for outreach and sharing, but do not expect me to engage in dialogue on social media. Neighbors can email me and I’ll be glad to connect over the phone.
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