Vote for Adah!
Why Voters in District Six Should Vote for Adah Roberts and Why All Other Citizens of Macon-Bibb Should Try to Convince them to Do So

To say that only a very few people attended the forums that were designed to present the mayoral and county commissioner candidates to the community prior to last month's election would actually paint more positive picture of the situation than that which existed at the time. So due to the lack of other outlets for this to happen, such as live TV debates, many voters apparently went to the polls unaware of just what the candidates had to offer. It is for this reason that it is necessary to present unquestionable evidence that Adah Roberts is by far the best candidate for the sixth district county commission seat, and should be elected by its voters.

Despite growing up in a poor inner city neighborhood, Adah was able to graduate with honors from a college where she was one of only a few black students. She later became the first black female to earn an MBA degree in Accounting from Michigan State University (MSU). Later when she decided to enter yet another graduate program at the university, she studied for and took a quite challenging nationally standardized exam used to screen candidates. She scored in the 92nd percentile. Later she moved to middle Georgia, and several years into her tenure in the City of Macon's finance office she was able to study for and pass a series of five exams used as part of the process to become a Certified Public Accountant or CPA. This was done despite the demands placed on her as Interim Finance Director of the city at the time.

Once Adah completed the MBA and after a brief stint in the corporate world, she eventually became the manager of the Office of Financial Analysis at MSU. Then after only six years as an accountant with the state government in Michigan, she rose through the ranks to become the Director of Finance for the Department of Corrections. That department had the largest budget in state government at the time. Later, after deciding to resign her position in order to be more available to her three sons, Adah taught accounting courses on a part-time basis at MSU. Since she moved to Middle Georgia in 2000 she has held three positions with the City of Macon's finance department; Interim Finance Director (twice), Chief Accountant/Assistant Finance Director, and Finance Director. Her first stint as Interim Finance Director began midway through the first Ellis administration, and her stint as Finance Director extended into the first Reichert administration.

Upon her first appointment as Interim Finance Director, Adah found herself in a very challenging situation as she had to report to both the city council and the mayor's office., at a time when they were not always on good terms with each other. Yet, due to her determination to be of service to the people of Macon, she persevered and eventually earned the respect of members on both sides, as well of members of the surrounding business community. It was during this time that Adah would often stay at her job late into the evening and come in to work on the weekends (when often no one else was around) in order to make sure that the work of her office was done properly and thoroughly. Under her leadership that office was eventually able to garner some recognition for getting its audits up to date and for budget presentation. These accomplishments would certainly surprise many in the community, as that type of publicity was rare for the finance office during those years. Later, after being hotly pursued by “head hunters” who were looking to fill finance director's positions elsewhere, and after she retired from her job with the City of Macon, Adah eventually accepted a position as Director of Finance in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where she continued to serve with distinction before returning to middle Georgia. As noted by The Telegraph in their endorsement of Adah, like Macon Jacksonville has a sizable military installation nearby, so her experiences there should serve her and our community well once she becomes a county commissioner here.

Adah has a vision for the future that includes bridging the often deep divide in the community, finding alternative ways of financing the local government rather than continue to rely primarily on property taxes, attracting tourist related business area, help to establish an efficient, business and citizen friendly Macon-Bibb government that respects its citizens and works on their behalf, and finding ways that the County Commission can work more closely with the county's Board of Education to insure that all of our youth receive the kind of quality education that they deserve and that we as a community need them to have if we are to move forward and thrive. The bottom line is that Adah presents a profile that more than represents what citizens of all persuasions have been calling for among our elected officials, and one that that we so desperately need at this critical juncture in our history.

Viewpoints for Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
Building Seniority

Adah Roberts is in the runoff for the District 6 commission seat. The “rule-of-thumb” odds of her winning against the incumbent are not favorable. But by beating the odds and electing Roberts as their commissioner the voters of District 6 can help both themselves and Macon-Bibb County.

Roberts is a bright, energetic, outgoing team player, who possesses critical and relevant financial skills not offered by any other commission candidate. Roberts has a MBA in accounting (Michigan State University) and is a licensed certified public accountant and life insurance agent. She served very effectively for seven years as Finance Director for Macon.

The consolidated government will be financially much more complicated than the current individual city and county governments. There will be a steep financial learning curve for the mayor, administrators and commissioners.

As their commissioner, District 6 will be especially well situated to take advantage of Roberts' fiscal expertise and experience. For example, the new consolidated municipal government will suddenly be eligible for grants denied it because separately, Macon and Bibb did not meet the plus-100,000 population criteria. Roberts has the financial skills and experience to make solid contributions in acquiring grants to offset some of Macon-Bibb's many fiscal disadvantages.

Now is the time to start building Roberts' seniority on the commission while the incumbent can mentor her in the needs and issues of District 6.

District 6 voters can defy the odds by turning out to vote on Oct. 15 and voting for Adah Roberts.

-- F. Camp Bacon

Macon

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/10/02/2696857/this-is-viewpoints-for-wednesday.html#storylink=cpy

Why voters should vote for Adah Roberts
By ELVIN MALONE SR. — Special to The Telegraph

Now that my good friend Adah Roberts is in a runoff for the District 6 Macon-Bibb County Commission seat, I would like to explain why voters of that district cannot afford to miss the opportunity to elect a truly special person, and someone who will not only be good for them, but will help move this county forward as well.

Despite growing up in a poor neighborhood, Adah graduated with honors from college and later earned an MBA degree in accounting. After deciding to enter yet another graduate program, she scored in the 92th percentile on a quite challenging nationally standardized exam used to screen candidates. She eventually became the manager of the Office of Financial Analysis at a major university.

After only six years as an accountant with state government, she rose through the ranks to become the director of finance for the Michigan Department of Corrections. That department had the largest budget in state government.

After moving to Middle Georgia, Adah was eventually appointed to be the city of Macon's interim finance director. She found herself in a very difficult position, as she was expected to report to both the mayor's office and City Council. Yet, due to her determination to be of service to the people of Macon, she persevered and eventually earned the respect of those on both sides, as well as leaders in the surrounding business community.

Under her leadership, the finance office was eventually able to garner some recognition for getting its audits up to date and for budget presentation. It was during her second stint as interim finance director that she was able to study for and pass a series of exams to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Later, after being hotly pursued by head hunters who were looking to fill finance director's positions elsewhere, she retired from the finance director's position with the city and accepted a position as director of finance in Jacksonville, N.C. She continued to serve there with distinction before returning to Middle Georgia where her husband teaches at Mercer University. As noted by The Telegraph in its endorsement of Roberts, like Macon, Jacksonville has a sizable military installation nearby, so her experiences there should serve her and our community well once she is elected.

Adah has a vision for the future that includes a commitment to bridging the divide in our community, finding alternate ways of financing local government, attracting tourist-related businesses to the area, making the Macon-Bibb County government run efficiently and become business and citizen friendly. She is also committed to finding ways the county commission can work more closely with the county's board of education to ensure that all of our youth receive the kind of quality education they deserve. The bottom line is that Adah presents a profile that more than represents what citizens of all persuasions have been calling for among our elected officials -- and one that we so desperately need at this critical juncture in our history.

Alvin Malone is a longtime resident of Macon and a retiree from Robins Air Force Base

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/10/03/2698730/why-voters-in-district-6-should.html#storylink=cpy

DeFore in runoff with Roberts in District 6
By JOE KOVAC JR. — jkovac@macon.com

In a gray suit and navy tie, 81-year-old Ed DeFore ambled into Bibb County election headquarters on what he hoped would be the last night of his life as a candidate.

He found a chair and plunked down in it, strategically so, with his back to the projection-screen vote tallies that everyone seemed glued to.

DeFore said he doesn't sweat votes and their slow crawl to tabulation. Never has. In office since he was elected to Macon City Council in 1971, he has outlasted all comers for half his life.

But Tuesday night's race was a different political creature, one that incorporated a region comprised of the city's and the county's western reaches. For the first time, Macon and Bibb were marrying their governments. In the County Commission District 6 race, DeFore was pitted against three other contenders.

When the night was done, after a last-minute flurry of returns, DeFore would be faced with one more challenger.

Adah Roberts, the city's former finance officer, forced DeFore into a runoff.

DeFore's 2,017 votes led the four-way race. Roberts received 1,063, Robert Abbott scored 1,000 and Chhor Chav drew 242.

“One more mile to go,” DeFore said when a reporter called him at home with the results, which were still unofficial at the time. “I'll have to work harder. With the consolidated government we have coming, we're gonna need my experience. ... I'll keep plugging hard.”

Roberts, 62, had already given her concession speech and sent her staff home.

Shortly before midnight after the final results came in, she said by phone that she had told her friends and supporters, “Thank you, we tried.”

“I've got to call my committee that's been behind me,” Roberts said. “They don't know this.”

She now turns to mid-October and a sure-to-be-tight runoff with the stalwart DeFore.

From Tuesday's tally, she said, “It looks like they prefer Ed DeFore, but we'll see.”

Roberts said her accounting and financial background make her the better choice.

“I would think the kind of service I can offer the community is just invaluable. ... There's so much in a position like this that hinges on finances,” she said, still elated by Tuesday's 11th-hour developments.

Earlier in the evening, as results crept in, DeFore reflected on his four decades in office.

“I feel like I'm 65,” he said, “but it's my last time running.”

Meanwhile, Pat, his wife of 63 years, sat across the room at election headquarters watching votes trickle in on the projection screen.

Not once over the years has she considered not voting for her husband.

But, Pat DeFore said, “I have on occasion told him, ‘If I was one of your constituents you would be listening to me.' Then I remind him, ‘I am one of your constituents.'”

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/09/18/2670512/defore-in-runoff-with-roberts.html#storylink=cpy

We Support Adah Roberts


Endorsements, Districts 4, 5 and 6
Excerpt from "The Macon Teleraph" article posted on August 22nd 2013

Roberts, while a newcomer to the political arena, is not a newcomer to city finances. She was Macon's finance director under Ellis and of Jacksonville, N.C., before retiring. She had to walk a tightrope working for Macon, where she reported to both the mayor and council. She holds an master's degree in business administration in accounting from Michigan State University and is a licensed CPA and a licensed life insurance agent. She believes the 20 percent savings mandated by legislation is achievable and thinks Bibb County can become a recreation hub that will attract tourists.

One of the most prepared candidates seeking election that our Citizen Advisory Board and Editorial Board have seen in a long time is Roberts. She brings a skill set that is hard to beat.

She also brings another talent that will be useful in the very near future. Jacksonville, N.C., is the county seat of Onslow County, where the Marine Corps has Camp Lejeune and Air Station New River. Dealing with the county challenges of having major military installations in the area, particularly in the climate of sequestration, is a skill our Macon-Bibb County team can use.

We appreciate the service that has been given over four decades by DeFore, but for our team going into a new governmental era, we chose Adah Roberts.

District 6 Debate
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Justice Dept. Needs More Time
Adams [Bibb County Attorney] informed commissioners that he received word that the U.S. Department of Justice won't rule until June 3 about whether it approves of nonpartisan elections for Macon-Bibb County. Adams recommended the county's qualifying for the new offices should remain in place next week and for elections to be held July 16. Should the Justice Department not approve that plan, Adams said there would be enough time to make adjustments.

Early voting begins June 25 and runs through July 12, 2013. The registration deadline is June 17th.

In the News (examiner.com)
Lizella's Adah Roberts becomes third candidate to run for District 6 seat

by examiner.com

On Friday, March 15, Adah Roberts officially made her intentions known to the public in a press conference at the Bibb County Courthouse and announced that she will be a candidate for the District 6 seat in Bibb County's new consolidated government.

District 6 encompasses most of western Bibb County, including Lizella and Lake Tobesofkee.

Roberts is the second African-American woman thus far to announce her intention to run in this new consolidated government.

According to the 2010 census, Bibb County became a majority-minority county for the first time.

Read More: http://www.examiner.com/article/lizella-s-adah-roberts-becomes-third-candidate-to-run-for-district-6-seat

Contribution Letter
Dear Neighbor:

As you may have heard by now, Mrs. Adah M. Roberts is making her initial entry into politics by running for the Macon Bibb County Commissioner for District 6. Mrs. Roberts is a licensed CPA and she brings her background as City Finance Director in Macon and Jacksonville, NC and her experience in working with a wide spectrum of politicians and city workers to the position with her.

This is a non-partisan race and she is glad to run without party affiliation, so that the people can get to know her and her ethics and values. Her goal is to bring the community together in this exciting time of a new, consolidated government. She wants to make Bibb County a place that more people will be proud to have as their permanent home. Finding alternative revenue sources instead of property tax increases, reducing crime and promoting a user-friendly government are issues she would like to tackle. Mrs. Roberts is also interested to hearing the issues of her constituents and representing them above her own wishes. She is committed to ensuring we sustain our City, county and communities for the future of our children and ultimately for the good of all the people.

We need your help. We hope you will take the time to look at her website at www.adahroberts.com and learn more about her background and her platform. You can also make a contribution to her campaign on the website or by completing the attached form and returning it with your contributions made out to “The Committee to Elect Adah Roberts”. State law requires that you complete all the information requested on the form.

If you would like to set up a speaking forum with Mrs. Roberts, please contact us at 478-391-4066 or PO Box 72, Lizella, GA, 31052. Thank you for your support.


Sincerely,

The Committee to Elect Adah Roberts
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner, Dist. 6

In The News

Roberts, former Macon finance head, to run for consolidated government seat

By JIM GAINES - jgaines@macon.com

Adah Roberts, Macon's former finance director, said Thursday she's running for the District 6 seat on the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated commission.

"My vision is to see Macon-Bibb County government work cohesively to become a growing, vibrant hub of central Georgia," Roberts, 62, said via e-mail. "While I have had no experience as a politician, I have had quite a bit of experience working with a diverse group of politicians. As finance director I worked with every department in the city and some in the county."

Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2013/03/14/2395467/roberts-former-macon-finance-head.html#storylink=cpy

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