Lee to run again for Florala council

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hazel has announced her intention seek reelection to the Florala City Council in District 1.

“I’d said that I wouldn’t run again, but at the urging of my constituents and colleagues, I decided to seek election for another term so that we could continue the work that we started in 2004,” Lee said. “I want to help the city council and mayor to continue to improve the infrastructure of our city, to continue to build a right relationship between the city and the Utilities Board, and to make our city a desirable place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Lee was born in Florala, to James and Frances Bryant. She attended grammar school in Florala, where she graduated from Carver Jr. High School as the eighth grade valedictorian. She moved to New Jersey in 1953, completed high school and earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the City College of New York.

After college, she was employed as a chemist at Coty Cosmetics Company, and then for the next 29 years, worked for Exxon Research & Engineering Co. and Exxon Chemical Company. In 1999, after various assignments, including that as a chemicals contract negotiator, Lee retired and returned to Florala, where she now resides at 1419 Third St. She is a member of the Sixth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.

Upon her return to Florala, Lee got involved in community work. For a time, she served as administrative assistant to Mayor Danny Franklin and was appointed by the Florala City Council to complete Councilman Grady Hobbs’ (deceased) term as council representative for District 1. In 2004, she ran unopposed to represent District 1 the Florala City Council where she still serves.

Lee said, “I believe that all people deserve fair and unbiased treatment. I will represent all citizens of District 1. I am open to your concerns and comments.”