By Kimberely Scott, WJBF Anchor/News at 10 on the CW Anchor - email
Photo of Augusta Mayoral candidate Dr. Lori Myles
Augusta, GA -
Lori Myles has her Doctorate in Administration and says what she's learned through her studies what will help her in the Augusta Mayor's seat. Like all the other Augusta Mayoral candidates, we wanted to see Dr. Myles through a very different lens, so she invited us to join her with her mentoring group called "See-Lay".
Dr. Myles says she's ready to move Augusta in the right direction, "I've been trained to be able to have an expertise in the areas of collaboration, teamwork, and of course, trouble shooting."
She's served as an educator for more than two decades. Her passion for teaching sparked a little controversy in March of 2013. She sent fliers home with the kids that talked about the "N" word. "Being that I was actually teaching 'Huckleberry Finn', which is a book that has the 'N' word 209 times in it. If it was okay right now, it's okay there, and that's what I was telling the kids and that's the point," she said.
Dr. Myles was issued a letter of reprimand, but refused to sign it. Thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo is a formula this candidate says will work. "I've looked at the needs, the facilities, the services, and I have said, what is Augusta's weakness?" she said.
Her conclusion? The city needs businesses to come into the downtown area and to the surrounding communities. "Big business is going to have to help Augusta get back on its feet," she said.
In May of 2006, Myles describes the lawsuit she filed against the Richmond County Board of Education, as a fight for what is right. "The foundation of the suit is about the unfair hiring and promotional practices in Richmond County, the nepotism, and the cronyism. I'm sorry, but the truth is truth," she said.
Now, she serves as the president of a female civic organization and invited us to join them during their mentoring session with teen girls. She and her group also took personal time and money to help many local women transition to new housing facilities. "With some of the women from Cherry Tree [Crossing], actually took that time off to go into court, took those personal days to make sure that those women were not just placed in jams," she said.
Concern for the city and the people in it is what this politician brings to the table. "I am that marketing agent. I don't have a problem traveling, going to the things. We need to go to these business expos, we need to continue what our Mayor right now has already started. I truly believe that, as he was a marketer, so should I be," she said.
Dr. Myles says that Augusta has left quite a few things undone, unplanned, unorganized, and undeveloped, and now is the time for new leadership to come in and do differently.
Dr. Myles is the president of a civic organization that has chapters throughout the United States. She and the members sponsor and participate in a variety of events throughout the city.
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