Thelma Dillard announced
her candidacy for Macon’s mayoral seat
2007 in the form of a press
conference at Macon
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
Church gave the opening
remarks and a very warm introduction of Ms.
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
will go based on the citizens’ concerns and needs.
Thelma’s vision for the
city of Macon
includes, but is not limited to:
growth by recruiting new business development and partnering with
the local Chamber of Commerce to forecast potential
Implementing a plan to
reach out to the community to hear and address
implementing a communication system and working relationship with
City Council and the County
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
of which Thelma is a long-time member.
Edward Dubose, State NAACP
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
announcement, refreshments were served and numerous pictures were
taken amidst good friends and joyful camaraderie at the Joshua Cup
Coffee House at 1090 Washington