TALLAHASSEE — To Dianne Williams-Cox, a candidate for Tallahassee Commission Seat 5, life is like a baseball game and Tallahassee is like a pitcher caught in a slump.
“When a pitcher gets in trouble on the mound, I don’t think you should pull the pitcher. I think you should pause, talk with the pitcher, and give the pitcher the opportunity to get his or herself out of that situation. In Tallahassee, this is an opportunity for us to pause, be retrospective, and think about how we want to move forward,” she says.
“We are a great city,” Williams-Cox says, “but we want to be greater. We want to go to the next level. We can’t do that without coming together and working together and listening to all ideas and being open to maybe changing out position on things.”
Williams-Cox sees herself as a team player, someone who realizes holding elected office, is not just about doing what she wants. She says it’s about carrying the message of what the citizens want
“People want to know that they matter, to know that you are listening to them. They want to be a part of the solution. I love people enough to listen to them, to work with them, to help resolve issues even if we don’t always agree,” she says.
Some of the changes she wants to see is greater transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior in the City Commission.
She defines ethics as doing right even when no one is looking.
She said she is a loyal person who believes in doing what she says. “I expect to be held accountable for my actions. I enjoy the opportunity to meet with people and to explain why I do what I do.”
A proud and active member of the Democrat Party, Williams-Cox says if elected she will work to revitalize blighted neighborhoods, to increase the minimum wage, promote environmental sustainability and the use of renewable energy and to further programs for children, youth, senior citizens and the under-served.
Williams-Cox has harshly criticized Tallahassee’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for not focusing on the needs of Frenchtown and the Southside.
She thinks the CRA has great potential, if managed properly.
“I am happy there will be more attention focused on Greater Frenchtown/Southside CRA,” she said, “because it has been around the longest and has received less attention than the Downtown. I am really pleased the Greater Frenchtown/Southside CRA dollars will be utilized and we will be looking for projects to help the blighted areas in those locations.”
She thinks her 32 years of public and private sector work and her work as a volunteer, contributor and leader of many community projects, has provided her with the relationships needed to put solutions for Tallahassee’s challenges into action. She has served in several different capacities with the local Democrat Party. Most recently she formed Southside United Citizens Action Alliance.
Williams-Cox began her career as a software developer with General Motors in Detroit, Michigan and later joined the government defense contractor, Harris Government Systems in Melbourne. She worked for the State of Florida for 19 years and for many agencies including the Departments of Children and Families, Education, Management Services, Employment Opportunity, Revenue, Office of Insurance Regulation, and Florida Legislature Revenue.
Williams-Cox has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Florida A&M University. She is the owner of DWC Management Consulting Services and serves as the Accountability and Compliance Officer for Voices for Florida.
Get more information by visiting her campaign website.