Local woman announces plans to run for Cairo city council
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Cairo resident Timia Brown says she plans to run for a seat on the Cairo City Council this fall. Brown is an administrator at a skilled nursing facility in Thomasville and a Registered Nurse who says she is making her first foray into local politics to help the community grow. In addition to her healthcare background, Brown is also the owner of a local business, Skate Palace skating rink.
“I want to be a part of the future, for the development of the community to insure its alignment with great values and support the vision and implementation of growth throughout the community,” said Brown, 35.
Brown resides at 122 17th Ave. SE, and says she is running for the District 3 seat, which is currently held by District 3 Councilman Bobby Gwaltney. She is married to Marcel Brown and the mother of Xavian Brown, a rising sophomore at Cairo High School.
“As a parent, I can appreciate the importance of living in a community that is safe and affordable while offering the amenities for young families,” said the potential candidate. As a member of the council, Brown said she would be able to brainstorm with the other decision makers to provide more local activities for families.
Brown said she graduated from Cairo High School in 2002, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark Atlanta University in 2006, and returned to school years later to become a nurse, earning her R.N. status in 2014. In the years immediately after college, Brown said she worked with her mother, Verna Grant, at her preschool, Tender Hearts Preschool in Cairo. Brown’s father is Gary Grant. After working five years for Archbold Memorial Hospital, Brown said she moved to Camellia Gardens of Life Care in Thomasville where she is an administrator.
Incumbent District 3 Councilman Gwaltney has previously announced his plans to seek reelection.
Qualifying opens Monday, Aug. 19 and ends on Aug. 23. The qualifying fee is $219.60.
Council seats in District 1 and 5 are also up for election this year. Incumbent District 1 Councilman Lannis Thornton and incumbent District 5 Councilman Jerry Cox have also previously announced their intentions to seek reelection.
The Messenger reported last week that Alicia Gurley has announced plans to challenge Councilman Thornton for the District 1 post.