Patricia Wisdom is running for a second term on the Powder Springs City Council, At Large Post 2, in the upcoming Nov. 5 election.
Wisdom said that she wanted to run for another term so that she could continue to work on the many commercial and economic development projects that she and the rest of the council have planned and committed to over the past four years.
“It’s not that everything is going to be completed by the end of my term,” Wisdom said. “But I’d like to see more steady progress in our commercial development and our infrastructure improvements, and that’s a very important thing to me that somebody who has the history — has been here for the last four years — can really know the areas we still need to improve in as opposed to somebody coming in who has not been familiar with that.”
Wisdom said that the council has already finished many projects over the past term, accomplishing a great deal for the city and its residents in terms of housing and development. Wisdom believes that one of her proudest accomplishments was the planning and final approval of a new park downtown, which she said is already bringing in developers who are interested in building in the area.
She is also proud of the progress the council has made during the last term in improving the city’s infrastructure. Wisdom said that the city has brought in new housing — single-family and town homes — and has begun major reconstruction on a city highway.
Although Wisdom said that the city has made major improvements over the last term, she believes that there is still much more to be done.
One issue that Wisdom said she would make a priority in the next term is the city’s relationship with its businesses. Wisdom said that businesses that open up in Powder Springs do not tend to stay open for long, especially restaurants in the area.
“They’re doing a good job, but they’re not getting the kind of support that they need,” Wisdom said. “I think that we can come together and work out a way — between the city and our businesses networking — that we can work out a way to better support them so that they don’t have to leave the city.”
Wisdom also believes the creation of a community advisory group would benefit the city by giving council members an opportunity to hear citizens’ feedback and concerns.
“I know you can’t please everyone, but there is still a lot of room for moving forward and meeting with the community so that they truly can be on board,” Wisdom said. “We certainly have made some sincere efforts to do that, but I think we have to do a lot more in that area.”
Wisdom said that, before retiring, she served as a social worker, and through her background, she feels comfortable advocating for Powder Springs citizens. She also believes that she has been and will continue to be honest and fully transparent with residents about what is happening within the city.
“My number is out there,” Wisdom said. “They can call me anytime they want, and if they call me, I’m going to follow through with what their concerns are.”
Wisdom is running against candidates Nancy Hudson and Guenevere Reed for At Large Post 2 on the Powder Springs City Council.
The election will be held on Nov. 5, and early voting is now open for cities in Cobb County.
Sabrina Kerns is studying for a degree in journalism and emerging media and a minor in political science from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has written for local newspapers such as the Marietta Daily Journal. Sabrina is interested in community news and reporting on events and happenings that affect people’s everyday lives. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys reading and spending quality time with her family.