CONYERS The Democratic primary election for the Georgia 95th House District has become a three-person race after Conyers resident and Delta flight attendant Pam Dickerson announced she was running for the seat.
Dickerson said last week she had decided to run for the state legislature after a long history of supporting Democratic candidates in her hometown of New Orleans and DeKalb County.
"I've been behind the scenes in politics, and I wanted to step forward and take a more active role, said Dickerson, a 12-year Rockdale County resident. "I want to give the people of the 95th District better representation and let all voices be heard."
Dickerson will run against incumbent Rep. Toney Collins, D-Conyers, and Andre Cooper, an investigator with the Newton County Public Defender's Office, in the July 20 Democratic primary election.
The 95th House District has tilted solidly Democratic since Republican Robert Mumford of Conyers left the seat in 2008. The district covers portions of southern Gwinnett County, northern and eastern Rockdale County and west Newton County.
Dickerson said improving education will be a big part of her campaign. She described education as a lynchpin in holding a community together and as a component in economic development.
"It's vital to every aspect of our quality of life," she said. "We don't want to just maintain it, we have to make it better. If elected, I would work with county education leaders across the district to see what the needs are and determine what I can do as a legislator to meet those needs."
Home evaluation and public safety are other issues Dickerson said she will campaign on. She calls those three "the people's issues" because each has a significant impact on residents' lives in the district.
"I see all of the undeveloped subdivisions in the area and it just makes me so sad," said Dickerson, who added that she is a licensed real estate agent. "I want to find ways to reduce the foreclosure rates and make sure the banks are doing their job, as well."
Dickerson is single and lives in the Brentwood subdivision in south Rockdale County. She graduated from Southern University in New Orleans with a bachelor of science degree in business. She has worked as a flight attendant and service coordinator with 34 years with Delta Air Lines, while also being involved with several small businesses.
Dickerson is a member of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur and is active in the church's homeless street ministry.
Dickerson is also vice president of the Decatur-DeKalb chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.