Leeds resident and former Board of Education President Toney D. Abernathy has announced his candidacy for the District 1 seat on the Leeds City Council.  “It’s past time for new leadership” said Abernathy.  “I will be the change we need and the voice we deserve” he said.

Abernathy is running for city council because of what he views as ineffective leadership by the current administration.  “If we keep doing what we have been doing for the last twenty years, the community is not going to progress” he said.  “I want to be a part of getting Leeds back on track” he added.

Abernathy said that when elected he would initiate a regular meeting of District 1 residents.  “I will look forward to input from the community” he said.  “I don’t know how you can be an effective council member without listening to the people” he said.  He will also be more pro-active in getting improvements in District 1 including supporting and enhancing the Robert R. Moton school, bringing more youth programs to the community, addressing drainage issues and getting better services from the streets and sanitation department.,  “District 1 seems to be always last on the list” Abernathy said.  He also said that he would immediately start working on re-opening Coosa Avenue.  “Closing this street was a slap in the face of the community by this current administration” he said.

Abernathy is a lifelong resident of Leeds and a graduate of Leeds High School.  He and Rhonda Abernathy have been married for 19 years and they have two children who attend Leeds schools.  He attended LaGrange College and Southern Union College, is a Deacon at First Baptist Church Patrick City and is employed at Lehigh Portland Cement Company.  He served on the Leeds Board of Zoning and Adjustments and was a charter member of the Leeds Board of Education.

“I have a proven track record of service to the citizens of my community, and pledge to do my very best to take Leeds to the next level” he said.

 “I would like to invite the citizens of my district to my Campaign Kick-Off Cookout to be held on July 14 at Moton Park from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for good food, fun and fellowship for ALL ages” said Abernathy.  “If anyone would like to get more information on the campaign, they are free to call me at 699-8786” he added.   


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