Allen announces candidacy for city council presidents seat

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 1, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Dr. Geraldine Allen, current council representative for Selma City Ward 4, has formally announced her intention to run for city council president.

&8220;As a city council member, I have worked to make city government more responsible and accountable to conducting business in a professional and ethical manner,&8221; Dr. Allen said in a prepared statement released to The Selma Times-Journal. &8220;The experience I have obtained as a council person will assist me in doing an effective job as a city council president.

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I love this city and see its great potential, but the city council must become more aware of the image it portrays to the public. It is time for a change and I am ready for the challenge.&8221;

Allen&8217;s background includes administrative positions that include coordinator of intensive care units and certified clinical nursing specialist. She is currently director for the Master&8217;s of Science in Nursing program for the School of Nursing at Troy University, and a member of the State Board Advisory for Women and Minority Health through the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Advisory Board of Education on HIV Disease and Prevention in Alabama School Systems from Grades K-12 and the state of Alabama Advisory Board for Women&8217;s Health Promotion and Prevention of Disease.

Allen said her background in administration and leadership, applied knowledge of Robert&8217;s Rules of Order and continuing education in governance have prepared her for the position.

Allen has received training in leadership management and has spoken at national conferences.

Allen said her background in community service includes serving as vice president of the Jonathan Daniel Community Development Corporation, the Selma City Council, and serving on the Selma City Board of Education.

Allen said her vision for Selma is to have accountable, responsible government with ethically sound operations that attract industry.