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Moore wants to continue to use her voice on council

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Angela Moore, pictured in this 2018 file photo, is running for another term representing Ward 5 on the Roswell City Council. (Daily Record Photo)

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It’s been only in the last year that Angela Moore said she found her voice on the Roswell City Council, giving her the incentive to run for another term representing Ward 5.

Moore has lived in south Roswell for most of her life and represented its ward since 2018. Even though she said she barely campaigned then, she won the seat against the incumbent by 66 votes.

Ward 5 generally encompasses the part of town south of Bland Street east of Main Street and south of Poe Street, on the west side of Main Street; as well as the area commonly referred to as “the base” around the Roswell Air Center south of Hobson Road.

Moore ran in 2018 at the urging of her friend, former city councilor Natasha Mackey, who ran for mayor that year.

“I put, like, 10 posters up. That’s it,” Moore said Monday in an interview with the Roswell Daily Record.

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It wasn’t an easy campaign, however. Moore said at a recent council meeting and again Monday that as she went door to door campaigning with Mackey, she encountered racism and hostility. She said residents sicced their dogs on them, called them names and even pulled a gun on them.

She said she tried not to let it bother her.

“I have to be responsible how I act to it, and I never disrespected that person. That’s his opinion. I know who I am, who I belong to, who I stand for. I stand for Christ. My faith is most important to me,” she said.

Moore doesn’t expect to have to deal with those kinds of reactions this time around. As the only candidate to file on Jan. 4 for Ward 5, she does not anticipate doing much campaigning this year.

She said she was not surprised that she does not have a challenger, in part because of the prevalent attitude among the people in the ward that they want to be left alone.

“I don’t think they like to speak up. They would be OK with me speaking up. I get all kinds of calls when I speak up. They get excited about that. But they don’t come to meetings,” she said.

Moore said it took a while for her speak at council meetings, though.

“I’m not as brave as some of the other councilors,” she said.

“I didn’t find my voice or feel comfortable enough to say how I feel from my heart. That’s the only way I know how to talk. The way I know how to handle hard things is from my heart. If it’s right to say, it is, and if it’s not, forgive me. That’s how I look at it,” she said.

She said she almost did not run for office again due to the conflicts that have arisen among councilors, something that she said stems from a lack of respect.

“I would like the city council as a whole to be able to work together and be respectful to each other. That is my biggest pet peeve is I don’t think they respect each other,” she said.

“People are watching us. We are leaders of the city, so people are watching those meetings,” she said.

She said diversity training for the council members might be helpful, as some people might not be aware that words they use might be hurtful to others.

Moore said she didn’t believe any councilors have said anything intentionally hurtful to her, however. She said she had some one-on-one conversations with other councilors early in her term about things that were said.

“If you disagree with them, that’s fine, that’s what I tell them all the time. It’s OK to disagree, it’s never OK to disrespect,” she said.

Moore said she had not made up her mind to run until filing day. She said she realized there is more she’d like to accomplish.    

“It’s not about me being comfortable any more. It’s about I still want to make a difference. I still feel like the south side is a little shorted on a lot of stuff,” she said.

“The infrastructure down south is a lot less than it is up north. There’s always building up north,” she said.

Moore said she would like to speak for those who often don’t have a say in Roswell, especially the homeless.

“We have a program for homeless kids at school, but that doesn’t help adults. They don’t get housing. Our city is big enough to have something regular for our homeless people,” she said.

The lack of activities for youth is also something she’d like addressed.

“We have no committees trying to find something to do for the kids, for our teenagers, and then we want to know why crime is up for them. There’s nothing for them to do,” she said.

She’d also like to see the city’s Commission on Aging have a more active role in the city.

Moore said she will also continue to “fight the battle” about the city charging admission for some of its amenities such as the Roswell Museum and the Spring River Zoo. Both of those facilities started charging admission fees in 2020 as part of the city’s cost-recovery plans. Everyone should have the opportunity to be exposed to art and culture and have access to activities, she said. She does appreciate that both offer free days and activities for residents, but thinks more needs to be done.

“If you’re going to make them pay, you’ve got to have something for those that don’t have any money,” she said.

She said she will also continue to vote against further additions or changes to the city’s cannabis code. She said she understands the need for the regulations for marijuana sales and production, but votes against them as a matter of her faith and the effects legal marijuana could have on the city’s youth.

Early and absentee voting begins Feb. 1, with Election Day on March 1. People who win a seat will begin serving on April 1.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with coverage of this and other elections of local and regional interest, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/elections/.

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