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The Tucker Observer invited all candidates running in the Nov. 30 runoff to submit a letter to the editor on their behalf. Here is the letter in support of Tucker City Council District 2, Post 1 candidate Imani Barnes.
Dear Tucker Observer,
According to the US Census Bureau, Tucker is only 44% Non-Hispanic white. Some people are not bothered by the fact that Tucker could end up having all white representation in a community that’s majority non-white. I am not one of those people. I do not believe this describes the residents of Tucker District 2 as well. This is why she had large enough support to take this race into a runoff.
Imani is uniquely qualified to serve her community. She is a scientist with Emory on the verge of having a PHD in Public Health. She is a mother. She is black. She is LGBTQ+. She represents everything we as a community in DeKalb County claim we stand for. Her platform stands for “Science, Equity and Advocacy” which are all good skill sets and values to bring to the table.
She has a heart of gold. I have the pleasure of experiencing this first hand as I’ve gotten to know her better. She will bring more people into the fold about what’s happening in the City of Tucker. That’s not possible if the entire city government comes from the same upper middle-class circle of white people. She brings into the fold a group of people who’ve never been engaged in the City of Tucker government. No matter what your race, ethnicity, religion, national origin or party affiliation – you should view that as a positive.
Chairman, DeKalb County Democratic Committee
More information about the Nov. 30 runoff:
Early voting runs Nov. 17-24 at Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084. Early voting will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 17-19, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 20, 12-5 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 22-24. The runoff election is Nov. 30. All of our elections coverage may be found at Tuckerobservervotes.com
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