Three Johnson City politicians speak at a ‘Women in Politics’ forum

Three Johnson City women in public office spoke at the Women in Politics Conversation Forum on Sunday. 
Jenny Brock, Johnson City Mayor; Jodi Jones, Washington County Commissioner; and Michelle Treece, Johnson City School Board shared their views on public service, leadership, and the value of women in elected positions. 
The event was hosted by Covenant Presbyterian Church.
The moderator of the event, Lynnea Salinas, said that this is a way to get the community together and show that we’re not so different. 
“We really just wanted to have a chance for people to come together from diverse backgrounds,” Salinas said.
The three women spoke about how they got into politics, what impacts them as a community leader, and about diversity in the community. 
All three women agreed that politics is about service. Mayor Brock saying, “I hate politics but I love to serve. For me it’s not about politics, it’s about leadership. It takes courage to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons.”
Machelle Treece adding that it’s important to have a good support system. 
“You need to have people who are really going to support you and hold you to your authentic self.”
Those words touching Deborah Hughes who attended the forum Sunday.
“Authenticity, being true to yourself, stepping up at the right time for the right reason, kind of a synopsis on several things that were mentioned. I think that speaks to me specifically,” she says.

Jodi Jones touching on the diversity aspect. 

“I cant say how much I love to see people from diverse perspectives, races, cultures going into leadership positions in the city and the county.”

Several men were in the audience as well. John Fales, a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, said that he came because he was really interested in the topic of discussion. 
“I grew up in Corporate America, and I grew up in a time where most corporate boards were exclusively white male. We still have a long way to go, but it was interesting to listen to women in politics.”
The event was free and open to the public. Event organizers wanted this to be a  non-partisan, and non-denominational event. Covenant Presbyterian Church hopes to have more events like this one. 

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