Candidate Shelia Edwards on the Women are Worthy Show

Shelia Edwards was the Special Guest of the “Women are Worthy Show” with host Jacqlyn Charles on Friday. If you were not able to watch the show live, please check out the interview below.

Sheila Edwards~ Cobb County Commissioner District 4

Growing up in a small town in SC was not easy and being one of nine children was even more difficult. You always had to figure out where you fit in. But as a young child, with not much to offer, I knew that I had service flowing in my blood. And, as a much older adult, I have always known that I was raised to serve others, which is reflected in the work I have been doing to improve the quality of life for those around me. I never let anything get in my way in serving my community. I will never apologize for being a strong advocate for our community and I will continue to put myself out there in service of others. As I contemplated placing my hat in the ring for this position, I recalled years ago words my daughter would often say to me when she was younger and annoyed that I was always out advocating on this issue or that one. Why does it always have to be you out here doing this? I said if not me, then who?

Posted by The Women Are Worthy Show on Friday, July 17, 2020

“Racism in our Communities and How we can Address It”

Last night, I spent two hours listening to Cobb County Officials, Deputy Chiefs, Clergy, and various members of the community discuss racism in the community. The information shared will help shape my thoughts as I move forward in my continued advocacy and leadership for the people of my community and my representation as the next Commissioner for District 4.

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MDJ: McMorris approved as next county manager

The county’s governing board approved the promotion of Jackie McMorris to the position Tuesday night. Commissioners voted 4-1, with south Cobb Commissioner Lisa Cupid being the sole vote in opposition.

The position became available when current county manager Rob Hosack announced he would be retiring in April. McMorris, currently the county’s deputy manager, started working for Cobb County in 2013 as the public services director, and became deputy county manager in October 2017, according to the county’s website.

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Patch: Job, Housing, and Health Fair Expo Coming to South Cobb

Community Advocate and Attorney Terry Alexis Cummings and I have been working closely with Special Assistant Michael Murphy and District Attorney Joyette Holmes’ office to make this Job Fair and Expo possible in our South Cobb Community. We are glad to be a part of this special event that will offer employment opportunities to those desiring a good job. Terry Alexis Cummings is a Candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives for District 39. I am a Candidate for the Cobb County Commission for District 4. Together, we are working in our community each day to improve the quality of life for the people who call South Cobb home. We will continue to work hard for you because our community deserves it.

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Patch: South Cobb Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting Announced

The South Cobb Redevelopment Authority announced that it will hold its annual board meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Mable House. On the agenda is a presentation from the Bleakly Group, who was selected last year to conduct a market study on the Six Flags Special Service District. This study, which cost $40 thousand dollars, was to include Magnolia Crossing, a 50 acre parcel of prime real estate that has sat dormant for over 5 years in our community.

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Patch: Cobb Commission Candidate Shelia Edwards Presents 2020 Wish List

Mableton, GA – Shelia Edwards, District 4 Candidate for the Cobb County Board of Commissioners spoke before the Board of Commissioners during their first meeting of the year and presented a 2020 Wish List for the South Cobb Community.

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MDJ: Slow progress angers south Cobb residents

AUSTELL Look anywhere around metro Atlanta and you’ll find little communities based around mixed-use developments; those village-feel complexes boasting apartments, town homes, shops, eateries, banks, grocery stores and sometimes even small parks and walking trails.

Often connected to public transportation hubs, these are the metro’s mode du jour construction projects, marketed as offering ‘live, work, play’ opportunities for residents.

And that’s exactly what some longtime south Cobb citizens are eager to see built on 12.4 acres of what they say is prime real estate just begging to be developed.

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MDJ: MIKE BOYCE: Chairman-elect Boyce looks to the future

I want to thank the voters of Cobb County for their confidence and support by electing me their next Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Everyone can be assured that I shall be mindful every day of my commitment to lead an open and transparent government. During the campaign I heard the call for a board which welcomes all voices. We shall work hard to be one that is inclusive one and trustworthy.

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MDJ: Regulators inform transfer station it is not compliant with state laws

Even as it seeks to expand, a Mableton waste transfer station is failing to follow all the rules of its current operations, a state official said.

On Monday, representatives from Cobb County Code Enforcement and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division visited the Bankhead C&D Transfer Station in Mableton, which has a hearing set for March 19 before the Cobb Board of Commissioners, said EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers. The station is looking to get a permit that would allow the 8.1-acre site to take in household trash in addition to the construction and demolition waste it now is licensed to accept.

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AJC: Cobb settlement could allow expansion at waste transfer site

Cobb County has received a settlement offer that would allow the expansion of a waste transfer station in Mableton, despite protests from nearby residents.

Last year, commissioners rejected a petition to allow the Bankhead C&D Transfer Station along Veterans Memorial Highway to expand its operation to take in household garbage. The company, which accepts construction and demolition waste, appealed the decision to superior court.

Now, the county is considering a proposed settlement that would allow the company to expand and receive about 150,000 tons of waste each year. The proposed agreement will go before commissioners for a vote after a public hearing on Feb. 19.

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cobb-settlement-could-allow-expansion-waste-transfer-site/CgFaLdQbh1oOAAWLWhD1aO/

Patch: Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station

The Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station (BTS) has raised its ugly head again and has found its way back on the Cobb County Commission agenda to be approved to accept household waste in our community.  As you may recall, the commission voted unanimously, with one abstention, last summer to deny the zoning and land use applications of the Bankhead “TRASH” Transfer Station.  The company’s attorney’s appealed the decision.  In Cobb County, all filed cases are required to go to mediation.  We were given assurances that the County would vigorously defend the decision of the Commission and that county officials would allow us to take part in or keep us aware of when the mediation occurred and what transpired.  These promises were not kept.

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MDJ: Transfer Station Bid Denied

MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Commissioners followed planning staff’s recommendation to deny a request to allow a south Cobb waste transfer station to start taking in household garbage.

The 4-0 vote will keep the Bankhead C&D Transfer Station, located on Veterans Memorial Highway near Discovery Boulevard, from taking in household waste. The facility had applied for a land use permit and heavy industrial zoning permit that would allow for the transfer.

“Our Community feels great. We feel like 150,000 tons of trash have been lifted off our shoulders,” said Shelia Edwards a resident of the Legacy at Riverline subdivision, located across Discovery Boulevard from the 8.16-acre site, which is currently zoned only to take in construction and demolition waste.

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AviationPros: FAA says waste station expansion too close to Fulton County Airport

It took birds to ground a south Cobb-area waste transfer station’s plans for expansion: After months of deliberations, Cobb County’s planners are recommending against the plan, and county commissioners could reject the proposal Tuesday.

The Bankhead C&D Transfer Station in Mableton along Veterans Memorial Highway had petitioned the county for a zoning change to allow it to take in household garbage. The company currently takes in construction and demolition waste, and the expansion would allow Bankhead Transfer to take in about 150,000 tons of waste each year.

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Hello District 4 Voters. First, I want to thank all the voters of the district for participating in the political process and coming back out to vote in the August 11th Runoff. I am deeply grateful you insisted that your voices be heard. As the final ballots were being counted that night, it initially revealed that the community's support of me was the winner at the polls, with 4919 votes being cast for my platform of change for District 4. However, when the final count of absentee ballots was completed, those ballots determined the outcome of the race with my opponent receiving a greater share. This outcome would not change days later as we waited for additional votes to be counted.

Though we were not successful in our quest to bring new leadership and fresh ideas to the County Commission role for District 4, our campaign and supporters are uplifted by the fact that we garnered nearly half of the overall votes counted. This occurred despite the support given to my opponent from the current commissioner, other politicians, and special interest groups who decided that “politicians would decide who would lead our community, not the people of District 4”. The votes our campaign received clearly reflects hope for our future. It reflects discontent with the status quo and an enormous demand for real substantive change, a fact that cannot be ignored or denied. It also sends a strong message that these “voters for change” will be joining me in watching, monitoring, and holding elected officials accountable for what goes on in our community moving forward. with the following Motto: “Our quality of life, our families, and our homes are no longer for sale”.

This election was never about me; it was always about us and everyone around us - families, seniors, veterans, our community - wanting, desiring, and deserving more. I was in this race for over a year and conducted myself in a manner to which my family and community could be proud. I stand by every decision made and every objective factual issues I raised, while in return I was subjected to some of the most mean-spirited, divisive, distasteful, and hateful actions from the very people in our community that would call themselves “leaders”. Instead, many of us see these folks as “obstacles to our community moving forward”.

As taxpayers and homeowners, we have expectations of our government and our community and believe we are entitled to the best quality of life that is obtainable. With that as a backdrop, I have no plans to offer a concessions speech, but instead I offer to our community hope for our better future. It is in this vain that I will continue my work in our community, as I take a page from the playbooks of Hillary Clinton and Stacy Abrams, two fellow political contenders who turned their outcome at the polls into powerful and meaningful movements.

Stay tuned for an announcement on community initiatives we will be launching that will continue what we started at the polls. I encourage each of you who want positive changes in our community to remain vigilant and join me as we continue to fight those politicians, groups, and harmful special interests that are adverse to the health, positive growth, and overall development of South Cobb and District 4.

Again, I humbly thank the voters, true community leaders, and others who supported me through this process and those who helped me until the last vote was counted. Our work has just begun, and I look forward to partnering with you to continue what we started.
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Hello District 4 Voters. First, I want to thank all the voters of the district for participating in the political process and coming back out to vote in the August 11th Runoff. I am deeply grateful you insisted that your voices be heard. As the final ballots were being counted that night, it initially revealed that the communitys support of me was the winner at the polls, with 4919 votes being cast for my platform of change for District 4. However, when the final count of absentee ballots was completed, those ballots determined the outcome of the race with my opponent receiving a greater share. This outcome would not change days later as we waited for additional votes to be counted.

Though we were not successful in our quest to bring new leadership and fresh ideas to the County Commission role for District 4, our campaign and supporters are uplifted by the fact that we garnered nearly half of the overall votes counted. This occurred despite the support given to my opponent from the current commissioner, other politicians, and special interest groups who decided that “politicians would decide who would lead our community, not the people of District 4”. The votes our campaign received clearly reflects hope for our future. It reflects discontent with the status quo and an enormous demand for real substantive change, a fact that cannot be ignored or denied. It also sends a strong message that these “voters for change” will be joining me in watching, monitoring, and holding elected officials accountable for what goes on in our community moving forward. with the following Motto: “Our quality of life, our families, and our homes are no longer for sale”.

This election was never about me; it was always about us and everyone around us - families, seniors, veterans, our community - wanting, desiring, and deserving more. I was in this race for over a year and conducted myself in a manner to which my family and community could be proud. I stand by every decision made and every objective factual issues I raised, while in return I was subjected to some of the most mean-spirited, divisive, distasteful, and hateful actions from the very people in our community that would call themselves “leaders”. Instead, many of us see these folks as “obstacles to our community moving forward”.

As taxpayers and homeowners, we have expectations of our government and our community and believe we are entitled to the best quality of life that is obtainable. With that as a backdrop, I have no plans to offer a concessions speech, but instead I offer to our community hope for our better future. It is in this vain that I will continue my work in our community, as I take a page from the playbooks of Hillary Clinton and Stacy Abrams, two fellow political contenders who turned their outcome at the polls into powerful and meaningful movements.

Stay tuned for an announcement on community initiatives we will be launching that will continue what we started at the polls. I encourage each of you who want positive changes in our community to remain vigilant and join me as we continue to fight those politicians, groups, and harmful special interests that are adverse to the health, positive growth, and overall development of South Cobb and District 4.

Again, I humbly thank the voters, true community leaders, and others who supported me through this process and those who helped me until the last vote was counted. Our work has just begun, and I look forward to partnering with you to continue what we started.

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Sorry you didn’t win

Well said Shelia E!!! well said. Thank you for having the courage and the vision for the needed change in our community. We do not want the same of the same moving forward. South Cobb District 4, has been neglected on going. As a home owner and taxpayer I refuse to sit and watch our district deteriorate any further. I’m looking forward to your next venture. 🙏🏽👍🏽🤗🌹😎❤️

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