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Closing Comments from the April 25, 2023 BOC Meeting

Updated: May 2, 2023

Good afternoon, everyone:


On April 12, it was fun to attend the regular Wednesday session of the auto auction at ADESA Atlanta. On an annual basis ADESA holds an auction for DeKalb County in the fall where surplus vehicles and equipment are auctioned off. Last year the auction raised almost $1 million for DeKalb County which went back into our general fund. It was interesting to see how a regular auction is conducted, and it was a lot of fun. I would like to thank my dear friend and ADESA General Manager, Lisa O'Neil for the invitation to attend, and for the professional way they serve DeKalb County.

Lisa O'Neil and Commissioner Bradshaw standing in the lobby at ADESA
Lisa O'Neil and Commissioner Bradshaw in the lobby at ADESA

On April 19, my team and I had an opportunity to visit the safe house that is managed by the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Their mission is to create a society in which domestic violence no longer exists. They strive to meet the immediate and long-term needs of a diverse community of battered women and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention. The visit to the safe house was very enlightening as the incidence of domestic violence seems to be on the increase. I would like to thank WRC Executive Director Jean Douglas and her entire staff for this critical service that they are providing for our community, and for the invitation to visit. My office commits to being supportive of their efforts in any manner possible.

On April 19 it was great to join my friends at the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID) for their stakeholders meeting. CIDs perform a critical role in the economic development space. As usual, this meeting was highly informative. I would like to commend Executive Director Matthew Lee, his Board of Directors, and his entire team for the work that they are doing in service to our community.

On April 22 we held our second Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting for 2023 at the Wade Walker Family YMCA. I would like to thank Executive Director Lorna Loh for hosting us. This meeting was well-attended, and as usual we engaged in a robust dialogue with constituents on several topics of interest and concern. I would like to thank all the members of the administration for attending and answering questions. Since I started these meetings five years ago, I have always received amazing support from the administration. Making themselves available to engage with our citizens sends a powerful message about our commitment.

A photo collage of highlights from the Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting
Highlights from the Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting

I would also like to thank our special guest from WorkSource DeKalb, Interim Director Robert Davis who did an outstanding job in sharing information about the resources that are available from this great organization. Our next community breakfast meeting will be held on July 22. More information will be available across our regular communications platforms.

That afternoon I had the great privilege of serving as the Grand Marshall for the 2nd Annual Spring Fun Fest hosted by Men In The Kingdom in partnership with Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) Georgia at the First Christian Church in Tucker. The Fun Fest is aimed at bringing the community together for positive change. It was a beautiful gathering on a beautiful day, and I was very honored to be asked to participate. I would like to thank my friend Joe Williams for organizing the event and for affording me the opportunity to bring greetings to the attendees.

Commissioner Bradshaw enjoying the Men In The Kingdom Spring Fun Fest with organizer Joe Williams
Enjoying the Men In The Kingdom Spring Fun Fest with organizer Joe Williams

That evening it was pleasure to attend the Eritrean American Community Day celebration. Their vision is that all Eritrean residents living in Georgia enjoy a high quality of life, can achieve their economic, social and educational goals, and are part of a strong, prosperous and caring local community. The program was wonderful. And I really enjoyed watching the children perform. I would like to thank Executive Director Yonas Abraha and his team for being such a vibrant part of our community. And I would like to thank Clarkston City Council Member Awet Eyasu for the invitation to attend.

Commissioner Bradshaw at the Eritrean American Community Day with Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks
At the Eritrean American Community Day with Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. I'm on all the major social media platforms as well. Feel free to follow me there for updates between the meetings, too.


As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed, an honor.

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