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Challenger for Ward 5 City Council, Angela Moore and her treasurer Delaina Franzoni visited the Daily Record to discuss Moore’s first run for public office on Monday.
Moore, 53, is a single parent with three children and she raised one son DonTrell Moore, Sports Illustrated “All-American” athlete, who she calls her prized possession and one thing she did correctly. Moore was born in Portland, Oregon, where her family lives, but said she has lived in New Mexico for most of her life. Sports Illustrated “All-American” team
“There’s not a lot to tell about me honestly,” Moore said. “I am just like I say all the time and everyday lady. I work. I love what a do. I am special education teacher. That makes a difference than just being a teacher. We work a little harder.”
Moore said she works at University High School, where City Councilor Natasha Mackey is also employed. Moore works on the alternative side program for students who are suspended.
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After earning a degree in business administration, Moore was encouraged to go back to school by Franzoni when the worked together. Moore received her degree in education and is working on her masters’ in social work. Currently, Moore is a special education teacher at University High and Franzoni is a retired educator.
Moore said she has been renting her home near the base for 30 years and has seen crime on the side of town and within her own home. She estimates her own home has been broken into ten times.
“I understand the issue with northside and the southside,” Moore said. “I’ve lived it. The further you drive north and you can see the difference and how things change — so really I don’t like that.”
Because this house has been her home base for such a long time, Moore said she has students and friends of her sons coming back to knock on her door. Moore said her friend’s sons affectionately call her mom.
“That’s not a bad term to be called a mother because you are loving and respectful,” Moore said. “You have to care, so I’ll take that term.”
Though her family has long left, Moore said Roswell is her home. Moore said she has a sisterhood that takes vacations together and Franzoni said Moore may not have blood family here, but has “love family” in the city.
“I don’t have to be here,” Moore said. “I choose to be here and I chose to make a difference while I am here.”
When asked when she decided to run for City Council, Moore said the closed meeting in August where the taxes were raised made her angry, so she decided to attend a few council meetings after to understand what was happening.
“It bothered me that the people that didn’t have a voice to stand up and say how this is going to affect them,” Moore said. “I wanted to be that person that can say ‘That’s not right!’ I stand up for the ones that can’t stand up for themselves.”
Moore laughed and said she saw more fussing than discussing at the meetings. Moore also said a meeting regarding the homeless was the last straw that instigated her research to run for city council.
“I realized I cannot make differences sitting at home,” she said. “A lot of people sit at home, complain how this not getting done, and who didn’t do that. As long as you sit at home in your chair and be at home, changes can’t be made.”
Moore said she prayed and even day before the declaration of candidacy was due, she hadn’t decided.
“Am I qualified?” Moore said she asked before deciding. “Am I ready? Is this what I want? You can want to make a change, but can you make a change? I know that’s what I wanted to do.”
Moore said other events that solidified her decision were meeting a woman, unaware of Moore’s consideration, who her told Moore she had what it takes to run for council, and attending a women’s empowerment meeting.
“Whatever it is she does, she always puts her whole heart into it and she does it very best to her ability,” Franzoni said. “She would do City Council the same way. To me, she is the best candidate because I know she will work and do a good job for the city.”
Calling her first run is slow and fast simultaneously, Moore said she is prepared to run opposed to incumbent Tabitha Denny. Moore said she may not have experience now, but said neither did Denny before she ran for office.
Moore laughed and said she saw other candidates put campaign signs near Brasher Road, nothing more south. She laughed and said she wondered if they were nervous about being on the south side of the city.
Since Moore’s family lives elsewhere and her church has four members, Moore said she might not have the support that other candidates have, but this has not slowed her drive.
“I know what God has for me is for me,” Moore said. “Can’t nobody can take that away. If it is for me, it will happen.”
For committees, Moore said she is still researching about which ones she would like to serve on, but know she has an interest in economic development and could excel on the Finance Committee.
“I just want to be involved,” Moore said. “I want the opportunity to help wherever I can.”
Moore said sees the city council as divided, but one of her top goals is unifying the council if elected.
“If you are a body that is supposed to be governing a city, then you should be the example,” Moore said.
Moore said she has a passion for helping the youth and wants to focus on grant writing to bring more activities or a teen center with a mentorship program.
“When children become proud of who they are, they don’t do horrible things,” Moore said. “They don’t want to rob people because they are proud of who they are. I think Roswell can only get better if we make our young people better — because all the old ones we’ll be gone pretty soon and if we don’t leave an example or something for them to see, where does that lead us?”
Another priority for Moore would be seeing less crime and equal work beautifying the south of town compared to the development of the north.
Moore said she admired former councilor Jason Perry for the way he spoke his mind and because he is a Christian man.
Moore said the candidate forum on Feb. 6 was a position she had never put herself in before. Moore said she is a hard worker, but does not enjoy talking in front of a group, though she can speak her mind.
“I like to do my homework,” Moore said. “I don’t like to just make a decision. I don’t want to think about things off the cuff. I like making informed decisions.”
The day of the forum, Moore said she was nervous and was surprised how quiet her voice was since she is known to be loud, after viewing the live stream. Moore laughed and said could not remember answers, but she knows she spoke from her heart.
“I don’t understand the political wording,” Moore said. “I kind of felt like that was going to be the issue when we talked between me and Tabitha.”
Moore said received feedback after the forum and calls from constituents pledging their support and even financial backing. Moore said she thought it would be difficult running as a registered Democrat since most of the candidates are Republican, but this has not been the case.
“I am sincere about trying to make a change,” Moore said. “I am sincere about making a difference. I am sincere about loving and caring for the people and having a heart for the people — especially young people. If you give me a chance, we’ll see what happens. I can’t do everything, but I can do my part. I just want the opportunity to do it — by any mean necessary.”
City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.