State Rep. William Boddie is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. for District 62/Douglas County & Douglasville Elected Officials Legislative/Safety Town Hall Meeting.

Boddie, an East Point Democrat, represents state House District 62, which encompasses parts of eastern Douglas and southern Fulton counties.

The meeting will be in the Douglasville Police Department Auxiliary Building, located at 2083 Fairburn Road in Douglasville.

A comprehensive representation of the community will include officials from the state, county, city, school board and local law enforcement.

The panel will be discussing topics and issues that affect citizens of Douglas County and Douglasville. Tiffany Stewart-Stanley will serve as moderator.

Stewart-Stanley is Douglas County government’s first External Affairs Director. She was appointed to the position by the Board of Commissioners earlier this year and in that role she manages relationships with all county external stakeholders to include state and federal elected officials and departments of the various governments.

Joining Boddie to participate in a panel discussion will be Douglas District 2 County Commissioner Kelly Robinson, Board of Education (BOE) Chair Tracy Rookard-Shaw, Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks and Ward 5 Douglasville City Councilman Richard Segal.

Boddie, contacted by phone, said this is the next event in a series after an event that featured Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, back in August. The event format is a discussion and some brief introductions after which the the meeting will open up to questions to give officials the opportunity to address concerns that may range from legislative issues to safety concerns, he said.

Boddie said it’s a good format to review local issues and also to consider ways that things could be improved, or done better, and to consider things to be done in the future.

“It’s just a really good opportunity to have a good open dialog between elected officials and the citizens themselves,” Boddie said.

Boddie also said he may discuss some legislative polices that will go before lawmakers in the next session of the General Assembly.

Segal, contacted by phone, said he had no set agenda for what he thought might be discussed, but noted that both he and Sparks will be on hand to address local concerns.

And Rookard-Shaw stressed the importance of town hall events to the community at large.

“I am excited about the opportunity to take part in the upcoming town hall meeting. I’m a firm believer in democracy; I believe our government works most efficiently when our district leaders give our constituents a voice. This open dialogue is a cornerstone of American democracy,” she said.

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