Koritko seeking seat on Newnan City Council
by Sarah Fay Campbell
There's more to being a responsible citizen than just voting.
"You actively participate in the process," said Dustin Koritko. That's one of the reasons Koritko is running for a seat on the Newnan City Council.
Koritko has qualified to run for the new District 1, Post B seat created by redistricting. The other candidate in the race is Scott Cosby.
The other reason is that "personally, I have the desire," Koritko said. "I really want to teach my children how government works and to actively demonstrate the qualities of a citizen, serving and keeping with the original intent of our country — you come in, you serve and you do what's best… at whatever level you're serving."
Koritko and his wife, Lauren, moved to Newnan from North Carolina about three years ago, after Koritko returned from a tour of duty in Iraq. Koritko earned a master's in education from the University of West Georgia and taught for a year before joining the Navy. He served 10 years on active duty as a naval aviator and is now a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve. He works at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the international terminal. The Koritkos have three children and attend Four Corners Church.
"I have a passion for Newnan, I really do," he said.
Koritko sees huge potential for Newnan.
"It's got a great location. I think it is also a great business environment," he said. "I think there is more opportunity to… keep our city growing."
He's very fond of downtown. Downtown Newnan "is absolutely fabulous," he said. "It's got that character that you don't find in a lot of towns anymore." Especially with the refurbished historic Coweta County Courthouse, he thinks there are opportunities to attract more tourists and businesses.
"I think there is a whole lot of opportunity to keep the charm but also keep business flowing."
When asked what issues are important to him, Koritko said they are whatever issues "are important to the folks who live here."
He'd like to look into greater efficiency in the police department when it comes to serving the eastern side of the city.
He'd like to see smart economic growth and development, and continued growth of the city's tax base. The expansion of West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia "is really helping with the skilled labor force, the educated labor force," he said.
Why should people vote for Koritko?
"I think my variety of experience and knowledge brings a certain flavor to Newnan, and to the first district," he said. "I think it's a good broad spectrum to see the issues as they arise and to deal with them."