CLARKESVILLE — The Clarkesville City Council spent about an hour Monday night getting to know Councilwoman-elect Roxie Barron a little better before she takes office next week.
Barron defeated Melvin Cash for the Post 2 seat during the Nov. 6 Clarkesville Special Election, receiving more than 75 percent of the vote.
She will be sworn in at the beginning of the council’s monthly meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Clarkesville City Hall.
Barron currently serves on the Clarkesville Downtown Development Authority, but said she looks forward to expanding her service as the newest member of the city council.
“The concentration of DDA is the economics of downtown,” Barron said. “As a member of the council I am looking forward to being able to serve all citizens of our community.”
Some of the areas of concern for Barron are issues she believes city leaders already are addressing.
“I believe good infrastructure and roads are vital for a community,” Barron said. “Anyone will tell you ours need some work. These are not new issues and they are on the forefront of the city. I'm hoping that by joining with the others I can become a working part of the solution.”
Barron said she believes citizen input is crucial for Clarkesville’s success.
“In my opinion, Clarkesville's strength is our community — our people,” Barron said. “That being said, I would love to see that become even stronger, whether it be the creation of informational town hall meetings, volunteerism, community organization, etc., — just citizen involvement focused on the interest and betterment of Clarkesville.”
Barron said Clarkesville is where her roots are, and she wants to be available to citizens to help them feel that their voice is heard.
“I was born and raised in Clarkesville and although I left the area after college, it has always been home with my deep roots and family being here,” Barron said. “I am a mother to my one daughter and grandmother to three precious little girls. I am a lifelong member of Clarkesville Baptist Church. I have been involved in the real estate industry for over 25 years and, through real estate and my church, realized I have a passion for helping and being of service to people.”
Barron said Clarkesville already has a strong reputation, and she wants to be a part of making the city even better for residents, businesses and visitors.
“Clarkesville is a special place,” Barron said. “It is more than just a small town. “It is the epitome of a hometown.”
Barron said residents can contact her with any questions or concerns they have about the city.
“I just want our folks to know that I am so grateful for their entrusting me to serve them,” Barron said. “My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make myself available to listen, answer questions or, at the very least, bird-dog them to the proper person who can help.”
Barron will fulfill the unexpired term created by the death of Councilman Bruce Lewallen earlier this year.