Odom is a name you know and trust.
Elzie Odom was a member of the Arlington City Council and elected Arlington's first African-American Mayor in 1997. Scholarships and an athletic center bear his name. Ruby Odom, his wife, has a passion for helping others. She has logged many decades of volunteer work in her community, church and Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley, their daughter, carries forth their service legacy as a community leader and now as a candidate for the Arlington City Council.
A retired college professor and successful small business owner, Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley has called Arlington her home for nearly 38 years. Her record of volunteerism includes leadership positions in national associations, local nonprofit organizations, and service on City Council-appointed boards and commissions. She is a published author, motivational speaker, wife, mother and grandmother. Learn more. Click here to download BIO.
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"Safe neighborhoods and a vibrant local economy are two important quality of life issues necessary for every great city to thrive. Even in the midst of extensive development in Arlington, if elected, I will focus on safety and improving neighborhood livability. Effective code enforcement will be one area of strategic focus. Public transportation will be another key area. An effective mobility strategy will help reduce traffic congestion and connect more people with jobs, quality healthcare and education. I am passionate about the arts and will continuously look for opportunities that seek to grow public support for the arts. As I continue to talk with residents and business owners, I am asking them to tell me about the issues that are most important to them and their families. I am listening and taking notes. I will take those notes with me to City Hall and be a fresh voice for all that is important to the residents and businesses of Arlington. Together, we can make Arlington a city of opportunity for all."
What are a few examples of your leadership success?
"I was elected president of the American Health Information Management Association in 2000. This association represents over 100,000 health information management professionals worldwide. We are responsible for school accreditation and student development. Several large initiatives during my presidency included revisions to educational standards and research work to define best practices in the implementation of privacy guidelines. As a chartering member of the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, I am proud to be a part of a citywide effort that brings the Arlington community together for four days of events to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. The four organizing entities include the City, Arlington school district, UT Arlington, Tarrant County College and Arlington Ministerial Association. It is one of the largest King celebrations in the country. I am the charting president of the Arlington graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The Arlington Chapter is one of 1,024 AKA chapters and there are more than 300,000 members serving and making a positive impact in communities around the globe.