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Brenda Scott

Democratic mayoral candidate Brenda Scott has lived in Mississippi's Capital City for 20 years and currently serves as president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees/Communications Workers of America Local 3570.

Scott was born and raised in Natchez, where she attended the city's public schools; she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1976 from Alcorn State University in Lorman.

Scott, a divorced mother of two sons and one daughter, is a member of Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church.

Before working for MASE/CWA, Scott was employed by the Mississippi Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

Her career in labor began in January 1990 when she was hired as the first employee of MASE/CWA Local 3570.

Scott was elected vice president of the union in 1991 and then president in 1993. While MASE/CWA president, Scott helped increase membership to more than 5,000 - including employees of the state, the city of Jackson, and the Head Start programs under the auspices of Mississippi Action for Progress Inc. in 10 counties throughout the state.

Over the years, Scott has been recognized for her expertise in organizing in the labor movement.

Among her honors: awards from the Dr. MLK Jr. Eye on the Prize, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Communications Workers of America and National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Now, she wants to serve the residents of Jackson, bring a fresh start to the state's Capital City and end the failed policies and leadership of the past.

Scott's platform is simple: Make public safety the top priority; repair the city's deteriorating infrastructure; pay all city employees a fair and competitive salary; and use those accomplishments to attract new business, industry and residents.

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