She will be the first African-American woman ever elected to the Aberdeen Town Commission and the first African-American elected in Aberdeen since 1893.
Former Chair of the Moore County Democratic Party and former President of the Moore County Democratic Women, Wilma Laney, will be sworn in as an Aberdeen Town Commissioner prior to the Aberdeen Town Council meeting on Monday, December 11th. Ms. Laney won the seat in the November 7th municipal election.
Wilma Laney is the first African-American woman ever elected to the Aberdeen Town Commission and the first African-American elected in Aberdeen since 1893. She ran on a campaign platform that promised “an ear to listen, and a voice to speak”.
Paul Dunham, Chair of the Moore County Democratic Party, said of Wilma’s election: “These are significant historical achievements and we should celebrate them with her. We want to be sure we celebrate all of our elected Democrats, but the significance of Wilma Laney’s election and the fact that she has been such an active participate for the Party calls for special recognition.”
In addition to her leadership in the Democratic Party, both at the local and state level, Ms. Laney is or has been involved in the following community organizations: She is Vice Chair and Board Member of the Ruth Pauley Lecture Series, Board Member of the NC Pottery Center, Board Member of the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, Board Member of the Aberdeen Friends of the Postmaster’s House, Member of the Aberdeen Friends of the Library, Member of the League of Women Voters, Member of NAACP Moore County, a former tutor at Southern Pines Middle School, Homework Volunteer for the NAACP After- School Program, former Board Member of Moore County Dept. of Social Services, and more…
Interested parties may witness the swearing-in, to be held at the beginning of the meeting which starts at 6:00 pm at the Aberdeen Town Hall, 115 N. Poplar Street in Aberdeen.