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Dickerson says she's committed to needs of constituents

CONYERS -- State Rep. Pam Dickerson said her commitment to her constituents made her first term in office a success, and she pledges to continue to focus on their needs if elected to a second term.

Dickerson, D-Conyers, had represented District 95, but due to redistricting, she is now seeking re-election to what is now the 113th District, that includes the eastern portion of Rockdale County and the western portion of Newton County. She will face Covington resident Sharon Sawyer and Toney Collins of Porterdale in the July 31 primary election. No Republican candidates qualified for this race.

"Both the bills I sponsored came from needs from my constituents," Dickerson said. "I think that's important because I listen to the people, that's why my motto is 'Pam for the People' because it's all about the people. It's not about me. It's about what my constituents are telling me they would like to see and what they want to see."

Dickerson sponsored House Bill 681 that would relieve certain food establishments from additional regulations if providing food for nonprofit organizations.

Dickerson said even though the bill did not make it out of the Senate Rules Committee she was pleased that it passed out of the House of Representatives with bipartisan support and was supported by the departments of health and agriculture.

"I was the only freshman Democrat to have a bill passed out of the House and I was chosen by the Speaker of the House to attend the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Leadership Institute. That was quite humbling to me to be chosen by the Speaker of the House, who recognized my ability to work with everyone in the House of Representatives," Dickerson said.

Her signature legislation, though, is one dealing with cyber bullying. She sponsored HB 680 that would make it a misdemeanor when an unknowing person is identified in an obscene depiction. This bill was prompted by Newton County resident Randy Upton, whose teenage daughter was the victim of a person who digitally altered her image to appear as pornography online.

That bill did not make it out of committee this session, so Dickerson said she plans to reintroduce it next year. In the meantime, she said she plans to hold anti-bullying rallies at local schools this fall similar to one she hosted at Newton High School last year.

"I look forward to doing that so kids know they have options," Dickerson said. "It's not enough that kids have other issues that they face, but to have to be bullied through the Internet, YouTube or other social media sites, a lot of children don't know they have options."

She said her first term in office was a learning experience, and one that she said will make her an even stronger representative in the future.

"All candidates have ideas of what they want to do and what they think they can do, but when you get there, you see there are stumbling blocks," she said. "But I didn't let them be stumbling blocks. They were stepping stones for me."

Dickerson has worked for Delta Airlines for 38 years as a flight attendant. She lives in Conyers and is active in the local community, serving on the United Way Advisory Board, on the Brentwood Homeowner's Association, and with the Beulah Homeless Street Ministry. Dickerson is a member of the Rotary Club, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and as a licensed Realtor, the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Dickerson said her involvement with these organizations makes her a more responsive representative.

"I stay connected with the local leadership in both Rockdale and Newton counties, and by that, I mean the school board, the county commissioners, the chambers of commerce," she said. "This race is not even about anyone else. I stay focused on my constituents and I will fight for the priorities for the district."

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sweetpotato 2 years, 2 months ago

I watched Dickerson, Collins and Sawyer speaking at the Voters League Forum. To be honest I was not impressed by any of them, While I am glad that we are seeing more black candidates in all levels of politics, the black community has to realize white voters are not going to vote for candidates that are not qualified. Many sadly do not even have proper command of the English language, rambling on about issues that are not relevant to the position they are seeking and just generally NOT qualified.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Dickerson commited to the needs of constituents? yeah right. Just like she thought it was important to now, and not anytime in the previous three years, to have the womens health fair. Its amazing how "in tune and concerned" politicians get in an election year.

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Chris 2 years, 2 months ago

If you live in the district she serves, it is apparent you have never taken the time to contact her, as Ms. Dickerson is very responsive and very attentive to people in her district, even the few who are rude and hostile. If you call her you'll find you have little to be frustrated about. You may disagree on a public policy issue but you will have no reason for personal animosity. If you don't live in the district she serves then your frustration is misplaced and you should apologize before God checks off that little box about bearing false witness.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Let me guess...you know Dickerson personally and support her unconditionally right?

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Chris 2 years, 2 months ago

I know her and vouch for her integrity and accessibility. If you take the opportunity to know her - and she is available as an office-holder as well as a candidate - I'm sure you will agree. At least try it. If you do so and still disagree it will at least be on the basis of personal experience and not just throwing rocks.

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Frustrated 2 years, 2 months ago

Just as I thought. Supporting some one just becsuse you know them is your own perrogative. For me, I will base my decisions on their record and involvement in the community. Cming out at election time and saying you are so concerned about the community doesnt get my vote.

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GWilson 2 years, 2 months ago

Between Toney Collins and Pam Dickerson that represented the old district 95 Pam Dickerson was the best hands down.Collins attended few meetings and was absent from the legislature more than any other member.He was defeated by Representative Dickerson in the primary in 2008.Collins never accomplished anything for the district other than collecting a paycheck. Also, Collins had a fundamental lack of knowedge about the role of the various branches of government.

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