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Wake Up Macon






Dillard Announces Run For Mayor


By Amanda Smith



Thelma Dillard announced her candidacy for Macon’s mayoral seat February 20, 2007 in the form of a press conference at Macon City Hall.


Thelma emphasized her proven record of service and her qualifications as a longtime educator, teaching at Central High School for almost 30 years.  She also served on the Macon City Council from 1979-1999.


Rev. Rodney Lockett of Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church gave the opening remarks and a very warm introduction of Ms. Dillard.

Thelma gave a short, to-the-point speech, outlining her campaign platform (she described as a grassroots campaign) in which all of the citizens of Macon are important.  She promises to empower the people and give them a voice in the direction the city of Macon will go based on the citizens’ concerns and needs.


Thelma’s vision for the city of Macon includes, but is not limited to:


·        Improving economic growth by recruiting new business development and partnering with the local Chamber of Commerce to forecast potential growth

·        Implementing a plan to reach out to the community to hear and address concerns

·        Developing and implementing a communication system and working relationship with City Council and the County Commission

·        Establishing an educational advisory council to partner with the Board of Education to access educational concerns and implement an action plan to close the achievement gap, just to name a few.


In attendance for the announcement were Georgia NAACP President Edward DuBose; her brother, Bibb County Commissioner Bert Bivins and Rev. Ronald Toney, Rev. Rodney Lockett, and various members of Lizzie Chapel Baptist Church, of which Thelma is a long-time member.


Edward Dubose, State NAACP President


Thelma closed her press conference by recognizing our city’s police and fire departments as exemplary and promised to work hard for better pay and benefits for all city employees.



Mayoral candidate Thelma Dillard with her Campaign Committee


Following the announcement, refreshments were served and numerous pictures were taken amidst good friends and joyful camaraderie at the Joshua Cup Coffee House at 1090 Washington Avenue in Macon, Georgia.




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