Down in Bainbridge, Glennie Cox Bench, who is the sister of former Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who is Vice-President of Finance and Administration for Southwest Georgia Oil Co., Inc., announced today she will run for the Post 1, At-Large City Council seat after Councilman Edward Reynolds declared his candidacy for mayor rather than seeking re-election to the council post.
A graduate of Valdosta State University with a BBA in Accounting, Bench is also a certified public accountant. She has been active in a wide variety of community organizations, including serving on the board of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital Authority, Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Leadership Georgia participant, Samaritan Counseling Center, and past President of the YMCA and Bainbridge Rotary Club. She also served for five years as a member of the Georgia Ports Authority, having been appointed by Governor Roy Barnes. Glennie and her husband Steve have one teenage son, Steven, and are members of the First United Methodist Church.
As a Council member, Bench hopes to help guide Bainbridge toward an even stronger future for all its residents. Having lived most of her life in Bainbridge, Glennie said, “Since childhood, my sisters and I have been taught the value and importance of community involvement and public service by our parents, so I hope I can contribute to the community I love by serving on the City Council. Strong, informed leadership will continue to be vital as Bainbridge moves into the next decade and I think my business and financial background will be an asset that I can use to the benefit of the city. I also recognize the special role that an At-Large representative serves and I am prepared to work with and represent the interests of all our citizens in all parts of the city.”