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Several Run For Bibb County Commission Seat In Macon



By Amanda Smith



Several Bibb County residents have decided to run for the Bibb County Commission seat that is being vacated by Sam Hart, Sr. in an upcoming special election.  With Hart’s departure, due to a move of residency, the Commission is left with only four members, often causing a 2-2 split in voting.


A Macon native, Steve Bell received his Associate s Degree from Macon State and his BFA with a minor in Economics from the University of Georgia.  Steve, 40, is the owner of Smart Creative Media, a local advertising agency.  During the 13 years he has owned the company, he has won over 100 advertising awards on behalf of his clients.  Married with two children, Steve is currently the Vice-Chair of Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia and is a board member of the Hay House, the Downtown Council, the Wesley Glen Advisory Council, and the Ocmulgee National Monument Association.  He is also an Historic Macon Honorary Trustee, as well as being involved in several other local community endeavors. “I’m running for the Bibb County Commission seat because I want to see that Bibb County prospers and continues to see economic growth,” said Steve.  “I want Macon to be a community that a person will be proud to live, work, and raise a family in.”


A former Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Fort Valley State University, Lonzy Edwards is now a successful attorney at Edwards & Youmas LLC in Macon and has been the Senior Pastor at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church for over 20 years.  His current and past community service affiliations are too numerous to name here, but include Judge Protem, Juvenile Court of Bibb County; member of the Macon/Bibb County Urban Development Authority; member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce; member of the Baptist Ministers Brotherhood of Macon; member of the NAACP, and many others. Lonzy, and his wife Nancy, have two sons, Lonzy, Jr. and Benjamin.  “I am running because we have some serious challenges facing us and I can provide the leadership to deal with those problems.  We need to deal with the school system problems as a pre-condition to solving our economic issues.  Too little attention has been paid to the relationship between education and economic development.”


Johnnie Stafford-Dawkins was employed for over 30 years in the Bibb County Public School System; 26 of those years as an administrative assistant at Northeast High School.  Married to Frank Dawkins, they have one daughter and two grandchildren.  Johnnie has already been actively involved in the Bibb County Commission, attending meetings regularly for the past few years.  As President of the Kings Park Association, she pushed for and was successful in seeing a community center established there as well street lights in the year 2001.  She was also instrumental in the location of a Bibb County Sheriff’s Sub-Station in District 1 and in 2006, she addressed the Board of Commissioners about the need for more street lights along Emery Highway and a solution to the dangerous condition of standing water along the roadway .  “I’m running for the Commission seat because I want to see Macon flourish. I believe in action and Macon is past due for a lot of beneficial things for the community,” said Johnnie.  “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” she added.


Terry Tripp attended Macon State College and has two daughters, Kinya Miller and Rickelle Felton, and is blessed with 6 grandchildren.  She has served the Macon community in a number of positions, including Macon State College Alumni Committee, board member of the Children's Museum,and the Executive Committee and the Youth Committee of the Office of Workforce Development.  Terry was an elected member with the Bibb County Board of Education for over six years, having served as Chair of the Policies/Rules Services and as Vice Chair of Personnel Services.  Terry resigned from the Board in order to seek this seat on the Bibb County Commission.  "I want to continue to be a voice for the people at a different level," she said.  "I really enjoyed serving on the Bibb County Board of Education; it was a very difficult decision to make and I'm going to miss it terribly."



This special election to fill the vacant seat on the Bibb County Commission will be held on September 18, 2007.




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