Editor’s note: This is a post from one of Midtown Patch’s Local Voices bloggers and does not reflect the views and opinions of Patch, which does not nor ever will endorse election candidates.
A portion of Midtown might be getting a history maker as our advocate and State Representative at the State Capitol. In August the General Assembly completed the redistricting process. As a result Midtown has been chopped up and will be represented by multiple legislators at the Gold Dome.
Long time Reynldstown resident, Representative Simone Bell currently represents House District 58, which includes portions of unincorporated DeKalb and Fulton Counties. Besides being the first openly gay African American lesbian elected to a State General Assembly in the entire country, she is the Deputy Whip for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and was chairperson for the DeKalb Board of Commissioners & Board of Education redistricting process. Prior to joining the State House, Rep. Bell worked as a community educator and activist and many years in health care.
Representative Simone Bell currently sits on the committees of Children & Youth, Human Relations & Aging, and State Planning & Community Affairs. She is also an active vocal member of the Working Families Caucus and Women's Caucus. The "NEW" District 58 will include the neighborhoods of Adams Park, Baker Hills, Cabbagetown, Campbellton Road, Capitol View, Mechanicsville, Midtown, MLK Memorial, Old Fourth Ward, Perkerson Park, Poncey-Highland, Renaissance Park, Reynoldstown, Summerhill, Sylvan Hills, Venetian Hills, Virginia-Highland, and Wheat Street.