Bernice Brown had pondered seeking a seat on Thomson City Council for a year.
And now that she is an official candidate, having recently qualified for the C-3 post, she is preparing to become the first councilwoman since Ann Daniel to serve on Thomson City Council.
Ms. Brown, the mother of three adult children, is challenging Jose Granados for the council seat. The election is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 6. It will be the only contested race in the city election.
"I have a desire to serve my community in an elected leadership capacity," Ms. Brown said during a recent interview.
Ms. Brown, who serves as director of the Thomson site of the CSRA EOA, Inc. Head Start program, said she would like to see city and county officials continue their good working relationship.
"I think city and county officials have had a good working relationship and I'd like to see that continue," Ms. Brown said.
As director of the local Head Start program for the past 16 years, Ms. Brown said she knows how to relate to people and different issues and believes she "would make Thomson a good, elected official."
She vows to listen to both sides of an issue before making a decision.
"I like to listen before I make a decision about anything," Ms. Brown said, noting she would act in the same manner, if elected to city council.
Ms. Brown said she favors the downtown revitalization project, which currently is underway.
"I think it's a good project and one that has been needed for years and years," she added.
Additionally, she also favors the building of a new city/county government center.
Ms. Brown said she believes it would be "nice" to have city/county government offices centrally located under one roof.
Currently, Ms. Brown is attending Fort Valley State University where she is working toward a bachelor's degree in infant and child development.
She also is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Cadley.