DeKalb’s CEO nominates union lobbyist to MARTA’s board of directors

By David Pendered

DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond has nominated Rita Scott, a district president of the Communications Workers of America, to represent DeKalb on MARTA’s board of directors.

Rita Scott

Rita Scott

“Rita Scott will advocate for needed transit expansion and improvements throughout DeKalb County, particularly in south DeKalb and other underserved areas,” Thurmond said in a statement. “Her experience in governmental affairs and community activism will be an asset to transit officials and riders alike.”

If confirmed, Scott will be the first African American female to represent DeKalb on MARTA’s board.

“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve DeKalb County and our residents by representing them on the MARTA Board,” Scott said in the statemenjt. “Transportation is vital to the growth and economic development of all our communities.”

In addition to her work with CWA, Scott seves as president of the Carriage Pointe Homeowners Association in Stone Mountain. She is a member of the Fourth Congressional District Women, and of the Pine Ridge Elementary PTA in Stone Mountain, according to the statement. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami Dade College.

Scott was elected president of the CWA’s RMC District 3 in 2015. The term of office extends from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2020. The district represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.

MARTA

Advocating for MARTA’s expansion into south DeKalb County is to be a priority of Rita Scott, DeKalb’s latest nominee to the MARTA’s board of directors.
Credit: MARTA

State lobbyist disclosure records show Scott has been a registered lobbyist for CWA since 2006, the final year available for online records. Scott was paid less than $10,000 a year, records show. The statement from Thurmond’s office says Scott has worked since 2004 with CWA as a political director, lobbying on behalf of workers and workers’ rights.

According to a page on its website:

  • “The Communications Workers of America represents 700,000 workers in private and public sector employment in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. CWA members work in telecommunications and information technology, the airline industry, news media, broadcast and cable television, education, health care and public service, law enforcement, manufacturing and other fields.”

MARTA board member Bob Dallas was nominated to another four-year term.

The nominations will be considered by DeKalb County’s Board of Commissioners.

 

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

1 reply
  1. Chris Johnston says:

    Two of MARTA’s major problems are (1) too many employees for the number of riders, and (2) a major employee absentee problem. The two are obviously related. Adding a union flunky like Scott to the Board will hinder efforts to remedy these problems.Report

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