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Closing Comments from the 3.8.2022 BOC Meeting

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Good Afternoon Everyone:

On February 26, it was great fun to join the Mardi Gras festivities in Stone Mountain Village. The music was good and some of the outfits were really good. It was great to connect with several city leaders including Mayor Beverly Jones. And I really enjoyed stopping by. Also, I want to give a shout out to my friend Sara Abrams for offering me a great parking spot at her home.

Enjoying Mardi Gras festivities in Stone Mountain with City Council Member Chakira Johnson.

On February 28 and March 1 it was great to attend the First Annual Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum in Savannah. This event brought together leaders from across the spectrum and featured some outstanding speakers to include Stedman Graham from S. Graham and Associates, Chris Womack from Georgia Power, Ivy Council from Citi Trends, and our very own CEO Michael Thurmond.

During the forum I was seated next to a delightful young woman named MonaLisa Monroe, who is President of the Garden City Housing Team. This is a Savannah area non profit organization that is focused on the issue of housing affordability. Further proof that this is nearly a universal challenge and that no one has a monopoly on trying to solve it. I certainly look forward to working with Ms. Monroe and hearing some additional ideas about how we collectively address this issue.

I biasly maintain that the US military offers the best leadership laboratories in the world. Even so, I am always eager to expose myself to various thought processes and thus learn more as I continue with my own growth and development. And I look forward to attending the forum next year.

On March 4, I was very proud to serve as a co-sponsor for the Veterans HME Repair Clinic at FODAC which stands for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children. The event offered free medical equipment and repairs for veterans which is a great service that I was honored to be associated with. Additionally, staff from Georgia Tech’s Rehabilitation Engineering and Applied Research Lab contributed to the effort.

At FODAC with CEO Chris Brand and Georgia Tech Staff members.

I want to commend and thank FODAC CEO, Chris Brand and his entire team for holding this clinic and for the amazing service that they provide to our community. It is my understanding that they intend to hold these clinics on a quarterly basis, and they can count on my support every time as anything that is supportive of my veterans is always close to my heart.

If you need any assistance, you may call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at Finally, I will close today by once again thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.

Chief of Staff, Alesia Brooks, Commissioner Steve Bradshaw and Constituents Services Coordinator, Robin Flieg

In Celebration of Women's History Month

Today I want to offer my appreciation and gratitude for women past, present and future who contribute to the fabric of the world. These women nurture families and others often while managing careers. These women are entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, law enforcement, community organizers, first responders, elected officials, stay-at-home-moms, and more. I have personally and professionally benefited from the influence of women in my life. I pay tribute and I am grateful for my mom, grandmothers, my wife, and my aunties for their influences on my life. Special appreciation to the many women in my professional life that have also had a positive impact on me. Thank you to the women of the world for all you have done.

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