Selma resident Lydia Chatmon has announced that she is running for City Council President in the Aug. 25 citywide election.
Chatmon, who has been director of public relations and health educator of Selma AIR – AIDS Information and Resources for more than five years, is running for the second time for the president position of Selma City Council. She lost in 2016 to current President Corey Bowie in a runoff. Bowie has not yet announced if he will run again.
In a statement, Chatmon said, “As our nation grapples with the damage done by centuries of systemic racism and simultaneously faces the consequences of poor planning and prevention related to a global pandemic, our city needs responsible government now more than ever. We can no longer accept toxic politics or support the often-unspoken rules designed to wedge our community further apart. The time has come for courageous leadership committed to setting aside personal disagreements in order to have the serious conversations necessary to move our city forward. The time has come for Selma to take itself off the political auction block. Selma is a goldmine, but all too often we are left fighting over the dirt. Historically the gold has been gathered by only a few, but there is enough for everyone to achieveprosperity. The time has come for Selma to build coalitions across racial, socio-economic, and political lines. The time has come for us to seek information, educate ourselves, come to the negotiation table with high expectations, be willing to commit and get involved with solution-based efforts, and to reconcile despite our differences. The time has come for Selma to grow. The time has come for Selma to grow forward together.
Chatmon attended Selma City Schools then graduated from Alabama School of Math and Sciences in 1996.
“Since my childhood, I have demonstrated a deep love for my hometown and effective leadership skills including the ability to build mutually beneficial partnerships,” she said in a statement. “As your next City Council President, I will seek to inspire hope, serve with humility, and support the healing of our community.”
Chatmon said it is time for Selma to “reconcile our past and grow into our full potential.”
“As your City Council President, I pledge to be committed to serving the entire community with equity and humility,” he said. “I pledge to be focused on cultivating innovation in every sector of the community. I pledge to be responsible in my support of opportunities for growth. My most important job outside of presiding over city council meetings will be to engage residents in the process of improving our city. We all have a role to play in our city’s growth; I will work hard to build effective coalitions, demonstrate fairness, evoke governmental transparency, and require accountability as our city progresses.”
Chatmon has a website, www.LetsGrowSelma.com.