My route to city governance was based on my being willing to take several next steps toward being educated and gaining experience.
I was encouraged by a fellow elder at church to participate in Gwinnett Senior Leadership, which I did for eight months ending in 2000, followed by nine years of chairing various program days. During this time, I met a sitting Lilburn City Council member who asked me to be his appointee to the Planning Commission. After I had been on that board for two years, a Lilburn Council member decided to run for Mayor. I ran for that Council Post position and was elected. Twelve years later, the Mayor resigned to run for the State House. I qualified for and was elected to that seat, taking the oath in March 2020.
Would your route to being an elected official follow this timeline? Not likely, because you are uniquely you. So, what is your next step? It could be the step of being fully involved in whatever community organization you find that fits your talents.
- Give of your time and make connections that will lead to other opportunities.
- Subscribe to city informational emails to keep abreast of happenings and opportunities.
- Attend City Council work sessions and public meetings. Both are open to the public. Stay afterwards to engage elected officials and staff with any questions. These meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Work Session) and 7:30 p.m. (City Council).
Your imagination and initiative are key to creating a path for yourself. Make yourself known in the community and watch for next steps.