The citizens of Fayette, Mississippi, have chosen one of Alcorn State University's own to be a leader in its community.
Ella Hudson, director of Judicial Affairs and Student Conduct, was voted as an alderwoman in the city of Fayette. Her duties include implementing city ordinances and overseeing Fayette's fire, maintenance, police, parks and recreation, and public works departments.
Before being elected a city official, Hudson served multiple organizations that include the Fayette Day and AJFC Parent committees. She currently serves as a board member of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Health Center and is a member of the Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition, among other things.
Community involvement is vital for Hudson. Her idea of a thriving community is one filled with people enthused about making their community better.
"I have always been active in my community," said Hudson. "So, when God placed it on my heart to pursue this position, I was obedient. I feel everyone has a part to play. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes everyone to help make their community a better place."
Attending meetings, workshops, conferences, and networking with seasoned officials is helping Hudson acquire knowledge to execute her plans to enhance the city.
"Getting informed will help me to put my platform into action. My plans include working with the community to beautify our city, obtain better pay and benefits for city employees, and improve city infractions. Also, I want the city of Fayette to partner with Alcorn because I've always longed for Fayette to become a college town."
Hudson holds being an elected official in high regard. She's proud to lead by helping others.
"I am honored and thankful to hold such a prestigious position. Serving my community brings me joy, for I am my brother's keeper."