Sona Cooper

Title: Alderwoman

Municipality: Town of Spring Lake

Position Interested In: District Representative - District 7

Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.

Through additional education, I have learned the importance of having partnerships with surrounding counties and other local governments and used that knowledge to create a constant dialogue that will offer opportunities for economic growth. We have also worked with a new technology company to expand broadband availability to our citizens. As a member of the board of directors, I would continue to advocate for smaller cities and towns to ensure they have access to all of NCLM's benefits no matter their size or budget.

Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.

I am currently serving my third 2-year term as an Alderwoman for the Town of Spring Lake and the only incumbent. I knew there would be a lot of additional responsibility due to the complicated issues we were facing as a governing body and welcomed the challenge. I am also the current President of NC WIMG and Secretary for NCBEMO which are affiliates of NCLM. Nationally I am a Regional Director of NBC-LEO, Small Cities Council member, and Human Development Federal Advocacy Committee which are all part of the National League of Cities.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

I attended Winston-Salem State University majoring in Psychology. Some of my other activities are Life Member of NCNW, Kingdom CDC Board of Directors, and Social Justice Coordinator for my home church. I am Ex-officio officer for the town's Senior Enrichment Program Advisory Committee and worked tirelessly to bring COVID-19 resources and education to my community through testing sites and vaccine clinics.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees? 

  • CityVision Annual Conference

  • Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days

  • Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process

  • Affiliate Organizations: NC Women in Municipal Government & NC Black Elected Municipal Officials

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

I appreciate any and all consideration and look forward to serving and representing my town as well as my district. It's an honor I would not take lightly.

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