“I have been a business owner for the past 35 years,” said Conwell. “I attend church at First Baptist M.B. church in Merigold.
“I graduated from John F. Kennedy High School at the age of 15 in 1972. I attended Draughons Business College in Memphis, Tenn. To further my business skills, I received a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena and I received a master’s degree in Special Education from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.
“I served as an alderman for the city of Mound Bayou from 2001-2009. Because of my experiences as an alderman, I believe I am capable and equipped to serve as mayor.
Presently, I serve as the President of the board of Directors for the southern Rural Black Women Initiative Women in Agriculture, Secretary of the Board of Directors St. Gabriel Mercy Center and as an advisor to the Board of Directors for Mississippi Women for Agriculture,” she said.
“Over the years, I have seen Mound Bayou at its best and at its worst. Now is the time for us to move forward together. One may ask how do we move forward – we move forwardly by implementing: a city-wide clean up, improving our infrastructure, paving our streets, promoting economic development, creating jobs for our citizens, improving housing with emphasis on creating opportunities for home ownership, promoting quality education, crime prevention, tourism attraction, and improving the overall quality of life for our citizens.
“When I was on the board of alderman, I saw our town go through financial struggles. When I entered office the town was “in the red” financially and when I left office, the town had a substantial surplus. Now, I have questions about the financial state of affairs in our town. It has been proven that our city can operate independently with right leadership.
“How long must we sit on the shoulders of our forefathers when we can stand on those same shoulders, ‘We are Better Together.’
“I believe a small community should run with as much transparency as possible, for it is my belief that people work both better and harder when they feel a part of what’s going on within their community, ‘We are Better Together. ‘
“I have traveled across this great nation over the years and made many connections with people who are in various positions that are willing, able, capable, and committed to helping us move this great city forward.
On June 4, elect Bonita A. Conwell as your next mayor.”