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Macon NAACP President Runs For City Council Seat



By Amanda Smith




Macon branch NAACP President Cartese Dillard has announced her candidacy for Macon City Council seat, Ward 3, Post 1. 


In her second term as NAACP President, Cartese has been employed with the Medical Center of Central Georgia for 13 years and has been devoted to serving the Macon community all her adult life through civic and political affiliations, including the following:


·        Member, Democratic Women

·        Member, Women’s Political Organization

·        Battered women’s advocate

·        AIDS awareness advocate

·        Georgia State NAACP District 11 Coordinator

·        Special Needs Advocate

·        Big Brother/Big Sister Mentor

·        Ingram Pye Elementary After School Volunteer


Cartese has accomplished much in her endeavors.  Named one of “40 Under 40” of the young, gifted, and black across Georgia by the Georgia Informer, she was also the 2006 organizer of the Back To School Extravaganza and holds the distinction of being the youngest NAACP President in the state at just 35 years old.


If elected to Macon City Council, Cartese would like to concentrate her skills and experience on crime prevention, economic development, neighborhood development, youth and senior citizens’ programs, unity, and the city’s finances.


Cartese is the daughter of Thelma Dillard and the niece of Bert Bivins, long-time civil rights activists.  Her grandmother, Hester Bivins, signed the original suit to integrate the Bibb County BOE, and her aunt Shirley Bivins was listed in Shirley Bivins vs Bibb County Board of Education.  Uncle James Bivins (the first African American Fire Chief for Fire Prevention for the Bibb County Fire Department) and Aunt Linda Bivins (the first African American principal of Alexander II Magnet School) are just two more examples of an entire family rich in civil rights history.  Cartese feels that this gives her an edge over her opponents.  “Because I am a third-generation public servant, I am dedicated to serving my community,” she said.  “I have a proven record of leadership and I believe the people of Macon are looking for a person of integrity who has their best interest at heart; someone to be a voice for them.  I feel like the torch of public service has been passed to me,” she concluded.




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