Meet Toccoa candidate Inger Neal Saturday

  • City commission candidate Inger Neal will meet the public on Saturday.
    City commission candidate Inger Neal will meet the public on Saturday.
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    A meet the candidate event for city commission candidate Inger Neal will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1-3 p.m. at the Star Theater located at 148 E. Doyle St.     
    The public is invited to attend and share their thoughts with the candidate.
    For most of the last decade in Toccoa, incumbent elected officials have gone unopposed in city elections.     
    “This time, I will be on the ballot as a candidate for City Commission post 2 on Election Day, Nov. 5,” Neal said.
    Neal is a wife, mother, grandmother, social service advocate, local business owner and a "servant leader."     
    She said she believes leaders are meant to serve and to be accessible to everyone.
    The experience of political activism and grassroots organizing are not new, as both her families through kinship and marriage have always been active in their communities.
    She is the daughter of Robert and the late Mary Spencer. She is married to James Neal Jr., and they are the parents of two adult children, Aaron and Anna.
    She received her bachelor’s degree from Piedmont College and a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky.
    Neal has been employed by the State of Georgia for 19 years and is currently a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor.
    She has been affiliated with local organizations including Leadership Toccoa, the Toccoa Women's Club and the board of the Boys and Girls Club. She is also a member of Friendship Baptist Church of Toccoa.
    A few career highlights include the creation of the first Disability Job Fair in Toccoa in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor and the Stay in School grant coordinator for North Georgia Technical College.          Neal serves on the board of Georgia Rehabilitation Association GRA and will become its vice president in 2020.
    Her campaign slogan Inger 4 Toccoa represents her platform of:
    • Inspire citizen participation.
    • Increased resources for families and youth.
    • Coordinate networks of support for at-risk populations.
    • Create forums to ‘build bridges’ between our diverse communities.
    For more information, call 706-963-0123, email Inger4Toccoa@gmail.com, or join Inger Neal 4 Toccoa on Facebook.