CONYERS--Doreen Williams, a 20-year Rockdale County resident, today announced her candidacy as a Democratic candidate for the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Post 2 seat. The seat is currently held by Republican JaNice Van Ness.
Williams, Ed.D, a retired educator, brings many years of community experience. She serves as a member and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors for View Point Health, an organization that administers the mental health system for Gwinnett, Rockdale, and Newton counties under the Georgia State Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Williams also serves as co-chair for the statewide Georgia Federation of Democratic Women's Mental Health Committee and serves as the Chair of the Rockdale County Democratic Party. Previously, she served as its treasurer from 2006 - 2012. As a small business owner for eight years, she was active in the Chamber of Commerce as well as affiliated professional organizations
Dr. Williams would like to see increased efforts for economic development including the adoption and implementation of a long-range strategic plan and the effective coordination of educational courses needed for businesses interested in relocating to Rockdale County. Another area of interest is budget negotiations, making certain that the needs of each department are carefully considered and a long-range strategic plan created and implemented for each department.
During her 30 years of teaching, Dr. Williams served on leadership teams, as department chair, and worked to establish parent programs. Over the years she has given workshops at state and local conferences regarding parenting, teaching, and advocacy.
Dr. Williams is currently serving as the Public Affairs Director for parts of the Rockdale, Newton, Gwinnett, and Henry county areas of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her five children and nine grandchildren. She and her husband John have been married for 39 years.