Good afternoon, everyone:
This Sunday, November 12 I will be speaking at the Veterans Recognition Service at First St. Peter AME Church in Stone Mountain. Obviously, I am very proud of my military service, and I am honored by the invitation to share some of my thoughts on Sunday. More details will be available across our communications platforms. I would love to see you there.
On October 28 I ran in the Police Athletic League Pumpkin 5k Run/Walk/Roll. As of now I think I have sufficiently recovered from that experience. I was very happy to lend my support to this worthy organization. In addition to my participation in the 5k, my office recently allocated $25,000 to support their efforts.
I actually ran cross country in high school. And of course, running was a big thing during my military days. But that was a long, long time ago. So, it was good for me to start doing some road work again as I prepared to participate in this event. I can report that mission objectives were achieved, and I had fun in the process. I commend Chief Ramos, Sergeant Jenkins and all the sponsors for hosting a great event!
On November 4 we held our final Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting for 2023 at the new East Central DeKalb Community & Senior Center. The turnout for the meeting was outstanding and it was great to see the community enjoying the new facility.
I would like to thank our guests, Judges Ronald Ramsey and Kiesha Storey for an outstanding presentation on the State Court. Additionally, I would like to thank Chris Kingsbury from our SPLOST Team for an informative presentation as well.
As usual we engaged in a serious dialogue with our constituents on several important issues. And we are already looking forward to our January meeting.
That afternoon it was great to attend the 10th Anniversary celebration for the South DeKalb Improvement Association Education group (SDIAE). This amazing group of individuals is dedicated to improving the lives and performance of the students in our school system. I have supported this group since its inception 10 years ago. I underscored this support with a recent ARP allocation of $20,000. I commend Executive Director Ella Davis, Board Chair Cynthia Loftin and all the board members for their dedication to this wonderful mission. I will continue to support the work of this organization for as long as I am in office.
On November 6 it was a great honor to meet privately with our School Superintendent Dr. Devon Horton to discuss the challenges and opportunities in our school system. The education of our children is a strategic imperative. Given this understanding, we engaged in a very candid dialogue, and I am appreciative of the time that I was afforded.
Additionally, given what we are trying to accomplish in the area of economic development, I think it is also imperative that the DeKalb County Government and the DeKalb County School System work in a more collaborative way. Hopefully my meeting with Dr. Horton marks the beginning of a long and productive partnership.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. Follow me on all the major social media platforms 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.