Candidate Profile: Dominique Conteh, Douglas County Board District 4

DOUGLASVILLE, GA – Four candidates are running to represent District 4 on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in the May 24 general primary election.

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Dominique Conteh is a candidate for District 4 of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

Town of residence: Villa Rica

Office wanted: Douglas District 4 County Board of Commissioners

Party Membership: Democrat

Education: BSc (Political Science and Criminal Justice with Law Enforcement Concentration), MSc (Human Behavior), PhD in Psychology-ABD (Organizational Psychology)

Occupation: Teacher and small business owner

Family: I have two beautiful sons, ages 22 and 15, who attend the University of Kentucky at Lexington and Alexander High School.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? Nope

Previous civil service, nominative or elective: Carroll County NAACP; Political Action Chair

Age: 43

Why are you looking for this office? I am running for County Commissioner of District 4 to represent my neighbors, friends and family, who have expressed their despair at the lack of support and proper representation for our community. I will focus on the following to help District 4:

  • Fiscal Responsibility: Ensure our mileage rate and property tax do not increase; especially during a pandemic
  • Visibility and Transparency: Hold quarterly town hall meetings and ensure monthly newsletters to keep the community involved and updated on upcoming decisions, activities and meetings across the district and city in his outfit.
  • Economic Development: Being a small business owner myself, it is imperative that small businesses have the support of their commissioner. In addition, transport and infrastructure are also important to me; specifically, the lack of road works that caused potholes throughout the district and the city.
  • Support Veterans Assistance: As a Navy veteran, helping other veterans with employment, mental health, and homelessness is close to my heart. No veteran should be homeless in our country. As commissioner, I would like to direct or help facilitate the new program the county is developing for veterans.
  • Support increased budget for first responders: I wholeheartedly support the police, fire and EMT. Salary increases as well as the hiring of additional staff for all professions would be a priority for me.

Please complete this statement: The most pressing issue facing my constituents is ___, and here is what I intend to do about it. The one main issue that is important to me regarding District 4 as County Commissioner that I would laser focus on is economic development. In our district, we lack road works and infrastructure improvements; more specifically, our potholes, the lack of sidewalks for safety, the renovation of our public parks (crie need), the development of a playground accessible to the handicapped and a dog park. District 4 has a plethora of families who lack the proper amenities. Our families deserve a rectification of the problems that I have presented and more to make their living environment more pleasant, safe and family.

What are the main differences between you and the other candidates for this position? I have 25 years of public service, which extend from me as a Navy veteran; Carroll County NAACP, political action chair; member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), who has assisted homeless citizens and victims of domestic violence in West Georgia, as well as a community activist. My backgrounds in educational leadership, diversity leadership, military leadership, and community leadership provide a wide range of knowledge to ensure the decisions of the Board of Commissioners reflect the whole community. In addition, my extensive experience in collaboration and teamwork would be beneficial to our community; as well as asking the tough questions at Council of Commissioners meetings and being the voice of the whole community, not just a select few.

What other issues do you intend to address during your campaign? I hope we can implement a relational, trust-based intervention for teaching. I also hope to highlight areas that may seem overlooked because they are not mainstream.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job? I have 25 years of public service, which extend from me as a Navy veteran; Carroll County NAACP, political action chair; member of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES), who has assisted homeless citizens and victims of domestic violence in West Georgia, as well as a community activist. My backgrounds in educational leadership, diversity leadership, military leadership, and community leadership provide a wide range of knowledge to ensure the decisions of the Board of Commissioners reflect the whole community.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? Your “failure” is a “setup” for something bigger in your life.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you and your duties? I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany. I have owned a home in Douglas County for 10 great years.

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