Lesia James, a former city magistrate and current Selma High School employee, announced her candidacy Friday for the Ward 4 City Council seat in the municipal election that will be held on Aug. 25.
“I absolutely love the great city of Selma and I want to see it thrive,” James said in a statement.
James is running for the Ward 4 seat that is currently held by Angela Benjamin, who took office in November 2008. It is unclear if Benjamin plans to run again.
James served as an Administrative Clerk/Magistrate for the Selma Police Department from 2000 to 2007. While serving in this position, she assisted with developing activities for the community, assisted the Judges in the courtroom, participated in varies pubic forums, and conducted activities that contributed to the effective operation of the counseling program at Selma High, for over 10 years, the media release says.
James currently serves as the Media Clerk and senior graduation coordinator for Selma High School. In this position, she writes grants and orchestrates activities that contribute to the overall development and cultivation of students of Selma High School. James also assists in communicating and clarifying the school’s and district’s mission to students, parents, staff, and community constituents.
In the media release, it says James enjoys volunteering in the community. She is a member of the Selma Rotary Club, President of Faith, Hope, and Happiness Development Center, an entrepreneur also serves on the Dallas County Executive Committee.
“I am asking for your support and vote in this campaign and to make the city of Selma a place for citizens of all incomes, races and creeds to live and thrive,” James said.
James is a Selma native. She is married to Oscar James and mother of Christy James Joe and Christopher Joe (son-in-law), grandmother of Summer Grace Joe.