On February 21st and 22nd a caucus of Georgia state Representatives and Senators from Congressional Districts 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 14 held elections for the State Transportation Board at the Georgia State Capital.
Stacey Key, Emily Dunn, Jamie Boswell and Dana Lemon were re-elected to represent their congressional districts on the Board for another five-year term. Cathy Williams, Curt Thompson and Micah Gravley were newly elected. Williams and Gravley will serve five year terms. Thompson will complete the term left vacant by Kevin Abel and will serve for one year.
The Council for Quality Growth and our members look forward to working with the newly elected Board members and continue working with Board members that were re-elected.
Cathy Williams, from Muscogee County, was elected to represent Congressional District 2 which includes 30 counties in South West Georgia. Williams is the founding President and CEO of NeighborWorks Columbus, a non-profit that promotes and provides access to fit and affordable housing and build assets for financial independence for all citizens of low to moderate income in Georgia and Alabama. She is actively involved in her community serving as the District 7 representative on the Muscogee County School District Board of Education, is Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders and a board member of the Homeownership Alliance.
Stacey Key was re-elected to serve her third term as the representative for Georgia’s fifth Congressional District which includes parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Key was named by Engineering Georgia magazine as one of their “100 Influential Women to Know” for the last six years. She is president and CEO of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) and has more than 20 years of management experience in sales, marketing, operations and customer satisfaction for global brands. Key serves on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Midtown Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2014.
Curt Thompson, from Gwinnett County, was elected to represent Congressional District 7 which includes parts of Fulton and Gwinnett Counties. Thompson served more than 17 years in the Georgia General Assembly. First, in the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004 and then in the Georgia State Senate from 2005 to 2019 representing Senate District 5. A graduate of Georgia State University, Thompson currently practices law at his Norcross law firm, Thompson & Associates.
Emily Dunn, who was originally elected to the State Transportation Board in 2011, was re-elected to represent Congressional District 9 which includes 14 counties in Northeast Georgia. Dunn, a community and civic leader, was the first female chair of the State Transportation Board in 2015-2016 and has been named to the Engineering Magazine 100 Influential Women to Know list six years in a row. She is a registered nurse who received her BSN from North Georgia College.
Jamie Boswell of Athens was re-elected to serve his third term on the State Transportation Board. He represents Congressional District 10 which includes 18 counties in north central Georgia. He is a business and civic leader; president and owner of a group of insurance, real estate and appraisal companies; and a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Dana Lemon, originally elected to the State Transportation Board in 2003, was the first woman to serve on the board and is the longest serving board member. She was re-elected to serve her fifth term representing Congressional District 13, comprising Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry counties. Lemon was named by Engineering Georgia magazine as one of their “100 Influential Women to Know” for six consecutive years. She is president of W.D. Lemon & Sons Funeral Home and serves on several boards in her community including the Clayton State University Foundation Board.
Micah Gravley, from Douglasville, Georgia, was elected to represent Congressional District 14 which includes 14 counties in Northwest Georgia. Gravley owns a small business development company that consults clients in the legal and public service industries. He also served 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives for House District 67 before retiring earlier this year. He worked diligently on many public safety initiatives during his tenure and was named “2015 News Maker of the Year” by Neighbor Newspaper.