Lisa Cupid Sworn in as Cobb Commissioner

The bar for legislative excellence has been raised in Cobb County. Let’s see who leads, follows, or gets in the way.

Lisa Cupid was sworn in as Cobb Commissioner for South Cobb Friday. With a baby in one arm, she took the oath of office. Her husband held their other child. She is a Georgia Tech grad with four degrees and has extensive connections to all parts of her community. The articulate new Commissioner plans for greater transparency in her new job which means more town hall meetings and other ways to stay engaged with the community.

Ms. Cupid is also the third woman on the commission which makes it a majority female commission, which should be a better commission. As Mika Brzezinski said on the Morning Joe Show recently, women make better elected officials because they know how to listen.

Just being any elected woman does not always make for a better government. There are many exceptions to the rule. Ask anybody in South Cobb; Former Commissioner Annette Kesting was a mistake comparable to the election of party switching Commissioner Woody Thompson. Helen Gorham started off in office with a plan to relieve West Cobb traffic by moving it west to Paulding County and then somehow south to gridlocked I-20. On the other hand, Commissioner Bob Ott developed a fascination for floating trains that go from Kennesaw to Sandy Springs. Helen and Bob seem to have that Chromosome abnormality which in Republicans keeps them from using common sense on any matters relating to transportation.

Helen seems to be getting better. Bob will be the wiser is he pays attention to how the ladies on the commission listen and legislate based on the needs of all the citizens in the community. After all, Bob got his job thanks to former East Cobb Commissioner Joe Lee Thompson who did not have town hall meetings, just like Woody (no relation) in South Cobb. 

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Monica DeLancy January 09, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Congratulations Lisa Cupid!!!! The word is out that The Austell/ Mableton area has an all star team of elected officials. Lisa Cupid Commissioner district 4, State Representative Alisha T. Morgan, School Board Representative David Morgan, Dr. Horcena Tate State Senator, State Representative David Wilikerson. In addition there are some great community groups who are geared up and ready to go to assist as well. Austell Community Task Force, Austell partnership, Powder Springs Task Force and We Thrive on the Drive.com. We are operating in the present and making plans for the future, the past is behind us. Whatever it takes we will we get it done.
Greg January 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Give me a break. Just because she's a woman that she'll listen more to who? Town hall meetings in S. Cobb County? What do those people know about how the government works except what they can get from it. What does she know about business and how to grow the county? And Mike H. is just a bed wetter and lives in a world where the government should take care of all subjects.
Kiri Walton January 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM


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