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Genia Adams Blackwell announces bid for Merriwether County Council seat

web posted March 18, 2008
MERRIWETHER – Genia Blackwell announced her intentions to seek the Edgefield County Council Fifth District seat on Monday. “After careful consideration, prayers, and conversations with my family, friends, and supporters I am announcing that I will be filing as a Republican candidate to represent the Merriwether area on the Edgefield County Council. I feel that with my extensive business, leadership, and financial experience I am uniquely qualified to represent the people of the Merriwether,” Mrs. Blackwell said.

Among Mrs. Blackwell’s long list of credentials are licensees for Securities, Managed Futures, Financial Planning Specialist, in addition to being a Vice President and Operations Manager for Smith Barney offices in Augusta and Aiken. Mrs. Blackwell also holds one of the twenty prestigious seats on the Smith Barney National Operations Advisory Council due to her national recognition for outstanding performance and leadership abilities during her twenty-year career at Smith Barney. She is also listed among the National Who’s Who of Women in Business.

Mrs. Blackwell said she was born and raised in Merriwether and lives near her childhood home with her husband of 25 years and their three children. “Merriwether has a very special place in my heart. I love this community and the people are a big part of what makes it so special.”

“Merriwether has a decision to make. Will we continue down the road we have been on for decades, or will we step out and claim our rightful place as a leading economic force in the county.” Mrs. Blackwell said the Merriwether area is the only portion of the county that has shown sustained economic and residential growth over the past ten years and the community should capitalize on that in the future.

“I believe that when you are elected to public office to lead your community that is what you should do, lead. I intend to lead not only in the Merriwether Community but in our entire county to help us reach our full potential as a county,” Mrs. Blackwell said. “I believe it is time for new ideas, new direction, and new leadership.” Mrs. Blackwell said she is qualified to bring about such changes and her history of fostering and implementing changes on a much larger scale precedes her.


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