Ms. Joyce Chilton Political Biography I am M. Joyce Chilton, Springfield City Commissioner and Assistant Mayor of the City of Springfield, Ohio. This November 7th, 2017 is the General Election in Ohio, I am asking for your vote for re-election to the Springfield City Commission to continue the progress for Springfield. My political interest began in seventh grade Civic Class at Roosevelt Middle School. We learned about Ohio history, our rights and responsibility as citizens. We learned to listen to different points of views. As a democrat I favor social equality through various government programs that help the middle and lower class economically. I am a retiree from the Clark County Public Library. My family came to Ohio in the early seventies looking for a better life than that of the farm and fields of Mississippi. My parents hoped for a better life for their children. I grew up as a little girl in Mississippi during the time of Jim Crow laws, color drinking fountains, entering the doctor's office from the rear of the building because people of color were not welcome in the office unless it was after hours. I have been married to my husband Paul Chilton for thirty-nine years. And have three step-children and a host of nieces and nephews. Family are always close and mean everything, especially when it comes to campaigning for public office. I graduated from Springfield North High School (now Springfield High School) as class Valedictorian and Springfield-Clark County Joint Vocational School (now Clark Technical College-CTC). A few years before retirement from the Clark County Public Library, I decided to prepare for retirement/second career by attending Clark State Community College and Sinclair Community College, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Legal Assistant (Paralegal). I am a Notary Public for the State of Ohio and a member of the Ohio Bar Association as a Paralegal. My community service include a member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), taking the Ohio National Guard Diversity Orientation Flight, Hosting Neighborhood Parties for Democratic Party Presidential Candidate(s). I have been a member of the Democratic County Central Committee Precinct City 9 since 1998. I have served as executive secretary to the Clark County Democratic Party executive committee and various other committees. We have been the recipient of Perfect Attendance Awards for attending Central Committee Meetings. I served as the Clark County Truman Kennedy Club Vice Chair and as Chairman. Service Awards include from the Clark County Public Library, Award of Appreciation Ohio State Coalition NCNW, Basic Mediation Training Springfield Mediation Service, Certificate of Training Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), The Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section -Mediating with Highly Positional Parties certificate, Graduate of the Leadership Academy sponsored by Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Wittenberg University, Named Outstanding Young Women of America and awarded Outstanding Performance by the Clark County Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board. - I am most humbled by the fact that I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors and all the people that made it possible for me to succeed in becoming a Springfield City Commissioner. I am not a commissioner by chance. For me it was a process to get here. Yes, I am a Politician working each day in Political Science which is about sharing the resources we as a city have. Political Science is determining who gets what, when, where and how. My campaign is about inclusiveness, insightfulness and persuasiveness. I am asked, What would you like the people of Springfield and Democrats to know about you, "I return every call I get, I follow up on every complaint I get, and I meet with citizens in my office about their concerns. I am motivated, knowledgeable and inspired to continue to represent the people of Springfield. I love being Assistant Mayor serving and helping the people of Springfield. “To do so well for the people that which they cannot do for themselves is the obligation of a candidate.” This is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. This is my mission and my goal.