Marcia W. PhillipsCandidate for Council, two-year term
FAMILY: Married to John. Three children moved to Decatur, married and stayed in Decatur. Eight grandchildren in area schools and pre-schools.
YEARS LIVED IN DECATUR: 20
Limited to support for other candidates and issues
I have been a small business owner with Marcia's Waterfront Restaurant and currently Richland Community College Food Service, following a career in marketing with major consumer goods companies: Gillette, Coca-Cola, Quaker Oats. With my family we have bought all or part of five other businesses in Decatur and improved/grew each one, increasing their contribution to the community in jobs, physical improvement and service to our residents.
COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE:
Symphony Guild, C.O.N.O., Education Coalition tutoring, and catering functions for every organization in Decatur
University of Chicago MBA, Indiana University BA and BS
STATEMENT TO VOTERS:
I have the experience starting and operating successful new and existing businesses in Decatur, and I want to work to bring new business to Decatur. The city must work as a partner with the city schools to attract students and cause them to succeed, where the existing Council and my opponents do not believe that the schools are an agenda to be addressed by the City Council. The city must serve the neighborhoods to gain their support for changes required to make the city successful in the future. Women are key to Decatur's future, and they are under-represented, as are the economically disadvantaged, on the current Council.
In the 13 years after creating Marcia's Waterfront, I met and talked with a very broad cross-section of Decatur. I listened and learned about the people's needs and concerns. My daughter's experience as a foster mother and then adopting three foster children taught me about children's needs in Decatur. Working on Aldermanic Representation taught me how badly the entrenched powers in the city are against change. My opponents are exactly the same - resistant to change. People want to forget as old news the failure to annex Hickory Point. But without new thinking, it is a mistake we will repeat. I have the experience, wisdom and determination to make this happen.
80 Allen Bend Drive, 62521