Rome elections: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Commission; 9 in the hunt for 7 School Board posts. Plus: First candidate statements; COVID statements.

Rome elections: 7 seeking 3 seats on City Commission; 9 in the hunt for 7 School Board posts. Plus: First candidate statements; COVID statements.

Qualifying has ended for the Nov. 2 municipal elections in Rome for seats on the City Commission and School Board. The wrap-up:

WHO’S IN

Rome City Commission, three seats, Ward 2: Top three vote-getters win the seats.

  • Elaina Beeman
  • LuGina Brown
  • Carrie Eady
  • Jamie Doss (incumbent)
  • Tyrone Holland
  • Victor Hixon
  • Randy Quick (incumbent)

Rome Board of Education, seven seats: Top seven vote-getters win the seats.

  • Pascha Burge
  • Will Byington (incumbent)
  • Faith Collins (incumbent)
  • Dr. Melissa Davis (incumbent)
  • Jill Fisher (incumbent)
  • Alvin Jackson Sr. (incumbent)
  • Tracy Anthony-McDew
  • Ron Rhodes
  • John Uldrick (incumbent)
  • Withdrew after qualifying: James Asbury.

CANDIDATE DECLARATIONS

  • Hometown Headlines invites all qualified candidates to share “declaration statements” by emailing druck@hometownheadlines.com
  • Each should be no more than 300 words. We will not post attacks on other candidates; please share your vision and your ideas.
  • Vaccination question: Each candidate statement must include whether the candidate has been vaccinated and why you made that decision. We will not post declaration statements without answering that question.

ROME CITY COMMISSION: Ward 2, three seats.

Rome native and businesswoman LuGina Brown. Brown has been an active member of her community and looks forward to bringing her “Our Town, Our Future” message to further improve the City of Rome.

Brown started her career in business as owner of All Wireless Inc.  Brown’s career in telecommunications spanned over 24 years, earning her the spot as the No. 1 AT&T agent in the Southeast.  Brown later sold her company and has continued to have a long career in real estate investment and development.  Brown says, “my passion and knowledge of real estate and development will help give insight into the current housing crisis in Rome as well as provide solutions for improving infrastructure and affordable housing in our community.”

In 2003, Brown tragically lost her son, Joshua, in a car accident.  Brown has honored her son by being a fierce advocate to change laws to protect young drivers. Brown joined legislatures in an effort to put stronger driving training laws into effect. Due to Brown’s advocacy, Joshua’s Law was passed in Georgia in 2005.

Brown says, “As your next commissioner, my duty is to represent ALL my constituents, while being mindful of how we spend THEIR tax dollars.”

For more: facebook.com/luginabrownforcitycommissioner

COVID/vaccine statement : “At this time, I have not received the covid vaccine. There may come a time in the future that I choose to receive the covid vaccine but I feel that is a personal decision. I do not discourage anyone from receiving any vaccine and I understand the benefits of people being vaccinated. My stance is one of personal decisions for each individual.”


Incumbent Jamie Doss seeks eighth term:  As a native Roman, I believe this is a special time for Rome and Floyd County even though we are still dealing with COVID and a rebounding economy. Our local leadership has done a remarkable job to stay focused on recruiting and supporting businesses and, most importantly, thinking about our future. I commend Sammy Rich and all our city employees for their dedication.

My continued vision is to see our young people find career opportunities without leaving Rome and see our city as a tourist/travel destination. Our community features great neighborhoods, sports, trail systems, excellent education & healthcare, restaurants and a vibrant downtown. We should be proud of our accomplishments.

As a longtime Ameriprise financial advisor, I serve my clients by helping them to reach their financial goals. This passion for serving transcends to serving the community. I hope that I can continue in this endeavor.

COVID/vaccine statement: I was vaccinated on March 2021 because I think it was the right thing to do for myself and others.

 


Human resources director Carrie Eady: “I want to be a City Commissioner so that I can make a difference in my community. I have lived in Rome for almost 30 years and have seen lots of changes and want to be part of the continuing process of making Rome a great place to live and work. Another big factor for running is my family. I want them to see that it is good to step outside of your comfort zone and that public service is something to be proud of.

I work at Darlington School as the Director of Human Resources. I graduated from Berry College in 1997 with a B.A. in History. I also have an M.B.A from Columbia Southern University with a focus in Human Resources Management. I am a member of Society for Human Resource Management and have my Professional in Human Resources certification and my SHRM-Certified Professional certification. I was also active in the Junior Service League of Rome for six years, two of them as a board member. My husband Stefan also works at Darlington School, we live on campus with our two kids and a great dane. Our son Jack graduated from Darlington and is now in his third year at Georgia Tech, and Callie just started middle school.

COVID/vaccine statement:  I am vaccinated. I would encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but understand that it is up to the individual. Personally, I think the best way to fight COVID-19 in our community is through vaccination and continued personal hygiene initiatives as well as masks and social distancing when appropriate. For myself and my family, it was the correct thing to do. I also plan on getting the booster shot when available.


ROME BOARD OF EDUCATION, seven seats

I am Jill Fisher and my family and I have lived in Rome for almost 20 years. My husband is a dentist in town and we have a senior and a sophomore at RHS.  Our oldest is now a sophomore at LSU. I am an avid community volunteer, serving as Board Chair for Good Neighbor Ministries, a board member of the Open Door Home, JSL Sustainer, a Leadership Rome graduate, and am an active church member. I have also volunteered for many years in Rome City Schools, beginning at East Central as soon as my oldest started kindergarten there. My many years of service within the school system reflects my strong desire for all students to have a positive learning experience.

It has been an honor to serve as Vice-Chair of the Rome City Board of Education during these past four years and I am now the Georgia School Board Association District 7 Director, where I will represent school board members for the 21 school systems in northwest Georgia. I have learned a lot in the past four years and am proud to represent school board members at the state level.

While we have had some major accomplishments in the past four years, like the completion of Main Elementary and the College and Career Academy, we do still have some challenges ahead. The growth in our community is exciting, but it does affect our schools.  Maintaining a low teacher-student ratio is important to a student’s learning experience and there will be a lot of decisions ahead to navigate these spatial limitations. My vision is for RCS to remain a good community partner, to be fiscally responsibly, to provide a positive learning experience, and for all students to graduate prepared for college or work.

Please vote Jill Fisher for Rome City Board of Education.

COVID/vaccine statement: I was fully vaccinated in April and all of my family members are vaccinated.  We made our decision by consulting many medical professionals and I highly recommend the same for anyone who is unsure about the vaccine. I support your right to decide for yourself, but I believe our best tool for fighting COVID-19 is the vaccine.


Uldrick
Incumbent John Uldrick, announced his intention to run for reelection to the Rome City Board of Education. The local minister, parent of two Rome City Schools graduates, and husband of an RCS administrator officially qualified for the election on Monday, Aug. 16.
In anticipation of continuing to serve his community, Uldrick had the following to say: “I have lived, worked and served in Rome for 14 years, and I am proud to be a part of this thriving community. Having worked as a youth minister for over twenty-six years, my heart has always been attuned to the needs of young people. I feel that my experience working with youth will enable me to maintain a unique perspective of how our school board can best support the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of Rome City Schools.”
In addition to his years of service as a youth minister, Uldrick also serves on the board of the William Davies Homeless Shelters and the Rome Floyd Community Kitchen. Uldrick is a graduate of the 28th Class of Leadership Rome. 
Uldrick believes that to ensure Rome City Schools’ continued success, we must:
  • Prepare all students to achieve at their highest level – college, workforce, and life-ready.
  • Promote fiscal responsibility and transparency.
  • Attract, hire, train and retain the most capable and dedicated educators and administrators.
For more information about John or how to help him in the campaign, email Uldrick4rcsboe@gmail.com

COVID/vaccine statement:  Uldrick was fully vaccinated in April and said, “I decided to become vaccinated because I truly believe it is the way forward as we deal with the health crisis our community faces. I encourage everyone to discuss vaccination with a medical provider they trust.”

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