Phone 678-206-8187 Hometown Cicero, Illinois Birthday Oct. 6 Bio: Bob got bit by the journalism bug reading about Watergate in the Washington Post his dad brought back from the Atlanta airport to their rural Georgia home. He joined Patch in October 2010 after 14 years as a reporter and business editor for Appen Newpapers, publishers of four community weekly newspapers - The Revue & News, Johns Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald and Milton Herald. Now he returns to Patch after a short break. He graduated from West Virginia University and its Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. After freelancing, he landed a job at a five-day daily in southern West Virignia, the Welch Daily News. His career continued at small daily newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina, culminating in working at community newspapers in suburbs of Atlanta. Bob lives in Alpharetta, halfway between Alpharetta and Milton city halls. When not reporting, he spends time with friends and working on projects for the Windward Rotary Club. Politics: I'm a registered Republican and tend to be conservative fiscally, expecting government to follow at least one tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm. But that extends to inaction, and I expect government to fill a role in the community, which is where my flexibility in social issues is seen. Religion: I grew up Catholic and I'm thankful for the strength it added to my morals and convictions developed under my parents' tutelage. I am accepting of all faiths, and feel it is important to have at least a knowledge of other faiths and values, even if understanding seems impossible. Local Hot-Button Issues Alpharetta wants to continue controlling how development happens in the few undeveloped parcels that remain. In Milton, preserving the rural character can override the need for a stronger commercial tax base. In Alpharetta, Avalon and the City Center project are seen as helping lead the city out of an economic malaise. The upcoming addition of a Gwinnett Tech campus is a boon, also. Milton loves its quality of life, but wants to make use of its commercial zone to the fullest extent – and is letting people know that yes, they do want economic development and projects in that area.