Name, age and address: Deedee Godwin Williams, 58, 315 E. 8th St., West Point.
Occupation: Vice President, Business Development, Hal Gibson Companies, LLC
Education: Graduate of West Point High School. Holds BA, business administration and BA, mathematics from LaGrange College, attended MBA program at LaGrange College.
Family: Married to Calvin Williams Sr. Two Adult Children: C. J. Williams and Kristen Williams Derk. One Grandchild: Tre’ Williams.
Served at the city, county and state levels – previous and present. West Point Board of Education. Zoning Appeals Board. Historic Preservation Commission. LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. LaGrange College board of trustees. LaGrange Symphony Orchestra board of directors. American Red Cross-Three Rivers Chapter, board of directors. State of Georgia Secretary of State, professional licensing review board. Georgia Independent Colleges Association, board of advisors.
Why are you running?
As a native of Troup County, I would like to use my business and professional experience, as well as my knowledge of the area and its people, to help lead Troup County to become one of the best communities in the nation from a “quality of life” perspective. I have been employed by three global corporations and a privately owned consulting firm over the past 38 years. My employment base has been within a 50 mile radius of West Point, but my experience has provided awareness about many cities and counties across the nation that represent prototypes for us to consider as a model for growth and development.
What are the biggest issues in the county right now?
Consistency of opportunity and services across all socio-economic levels. Tax base deficiency to support education and infrastructure. Below-average per capita income and the resulting issues relating to poverty.
What can you do to address the issues?
Pursue economic development opportunities to increase the availability and diversity of jobs in Troup County, support improvements in education to enhance workforce development and attract more businesses to Troup County.
I would like to see the makeup of the commisson become more representative of the people of Troup County. Additionally, with the number of jobs represented by the businesses in the city of West Point, I would like to see District 3 filled by a representative from West Point.