State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is running for re-election in the newly redrawn District 113.
Dickerson was elected in 2010 in the 95 district, which was redrawn in 2011 and shifted east to include more of Newton, less of Rockdale and none of Gwinnett.
Though she is a Conyers resident, Dickerson said she felt she represented all three counties equally as representative and didn't expect that to change if she was elected to a second term.
"I represent the people of Georgia. I understand I have a smaller portion of Rockdale, more of Newton, a few more precincts there; most of those precincts I've represented before," Dickerson said. "I feel I've been visible in all three counties when I was needed. I answered constituents in all three counties when it came to my voting. I heard from constituents in all three when it came to my voting."
Dickerson is a full-time Delta flight attendant and also occasionally sells real estate. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern University.
During her first campaign, Dickerson said two of her key issues were pushing for smaller class sizes for schools and protecting resident's homes values by fighting legislation that uses foreclosure sales to determine home prices.
While class sizes have grown and the state did pass a bill that did tie home values to foreclosure sale prices, Dickerson said she voted against the measures that were against her stated platform. She also learned that passing legislation is not as easy as one first thinks.
"My first term, as with anyone, was a learning process. There is a learning curve and that was the way it was for me. Though I can truly say I was the only Democrat to get a bill passed through the house," Dickerson said, referring to H.B. 681.
The bill was designed to make it easier for school, churches and clubs to sell food at fundraisers by not making them meet the same food preparation standards as restaurants and not have to fill out lengthy applications nor pay a fee.
She said the bill was shot down in committee in the senate, but she hopes to revive it next term.
Dickerson also hopes to continue work on H.B. 680, a cyber bullying and photoshopping bill that did not make it out of the house committee process.
"It's a process. Passing a bill is something you think can be done easily, but it can't. I feel I made a lot of inroads down at the capitol, and, hopefully, when I'm re-elected I'll continue to work on those bills."
She said she enjoyed helping constituents with everyday issues, which is a major part of a representative's job.
"I'm available, accessible, responsible," Dickerson said when asked why people should vote for her again. "Those are the things I ran on and I feel like I was responsible to the people of the district voting on issues that were important to them. I feel like I listened to constituents when they sent emails asking me to vote or not vote on an issue, and I felt was accessible to people.
"I hope people look at my voting record, as well as fact been out in community working very hard."
Dickerson is involved in the Rotary Club of Rockdale, is active in her homeowners association and participates in the homeless ministry at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur. She also participated in a representative leadership class at the state and is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
She will be at a community outing at Denny Dobbs Park from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 to meet some of her new constituents in Newton County.
She will also be hosting an anti-bullying presentation at Newton County High School, where local student Kelsey Upton, who was a victim of cyber bullying, will be honored. The law firm Motloch and Associates and the nonprofit Children Without A Voice USA will also attend.