Barbara Brooks has announced her candidacy for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.
“It is my belief that my fairness, open-mindedness and experience advocating for people and communities will be an advantage in representing Ward 3 and all of Gainesville,” she said in a statement to The Times.
Figueras announced previously that she did not want to seek re-election in the Nov. 3 race.
Lemuel Betancourt, a project management specialist in the electrical industry, announced his intention to seek the Ward 3 seat last week.
Brooks has lived in Gainesville/Hall County for 47 years.
She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia and retired from the Gainesville City School System in June.
Brooks described herself as someone “whose heart is helping people resolve problems.”
She said she is assembling a campaign team, and her focus is on finding solutions to improve the lives of residents in Ward 3, which includes the city’s historic African-American and Latino communities.
“These problems could be from community development to personal development,” she said.