Jennifer Shrader Staff writer
September 12, 2013
LaGrange Councilwoman Norma Tucker is looking to be re-elected to a third term to encourage more women to get involved in government and civic work.
“It was a difficult decision (to decide to run again),” she said. “I love having the opportunity to serve, but with my son out of high school now, I wondered, is it time?”
Tucker said her military background prepared her for being the only female on the council, but she’d like to see more women involved in white collar jobs and elected and appointed positions in the city. She hosted an event called the Women’s Empowerment Project during her time in office and also attended the FBI Citizens Academy. She also hosted 12 girls for “Sunshine Empowerment Week” to expose them to local government and civic groups.
At Georgia Municipal Association events, she has met with female mayors, council members, judges and city clerks and said she would love to host an event in LaGrange where all those women could network.
Tucker, 52, works part time at West Georgia Health with the First Steps program, educating new moms about their babies. She previously worked with teen mothers at Twin Cedars and a similar program at the West Point Housing Authority. She gradated from LaGrange College and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005. Her son Jacob is a freshman at Gordon College studying criminal justice.
Tucker said she has enjoyed helping residents in the last eight years with issues big and small – being the “middle” person that puts them in touch with the help they need.
“It seems small but a lot of people say thanks for putting me in touch with that person,” she said. “They are able to see the power of a simple phone call.”