Federation of Democratic Women Announce Speakers for Empowering Women Tea

Deborah Denard Delgado is serving her fifth term on the City Council representing Ward Two in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.   The area comprises the eastern and northeastern parts of the City and borders the Leaf River and Bouie River; it is the site of the Urban Renewal Overlay District known as “Twin Forks Rising,” which was initiated by Councilwoman Delgado.

Councilwoman Delgado is founder and chairperson of the Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival, an annual celebration of the cultural heritage of the historic black business and entertainment district in Hattiesburg that is now in its 12th year.  She serves on the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities (NLC), having previously served on the Board of Directors.  During her tenure in office she has been a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) as well.  She is a Past President of the MS Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.  In addition, Councilwoman Delgado is a member of the Board of Directors and is past president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). She is former president of the NBC-LEO Foundation and is current vice president for TRUST for the World Conference of Mayors.  She is founding director of the Repair S.H.O.P., Inc., a non-profit organization ministering to the spirit, health, outlook and prospects for the future of persons living in depressed communities.


Kathryn Rehner is the Project Director for the Mississippi Health Access Collaborative (MHAC) at the University of Southern Mississippi. MHAC aims to create sustainable access to health in the 24 southernmost counties in the State. She developed the health access model being implemented through MHAC as the Coordinator for the City of Hattiesburg’s E3 Health Initiative. This model has brought 2.5 million dollars in grant funding for health access to south Mississippi. In the fall of 2017, Rehner ran to break the republican supermajority in the MS legislature as a candidate for MS House District 102. Although she lost, she has gained valuable experience as a social worker and as a public servant. Most importantly, she is not done fighting. She received her MSW from the University of Alabama.


This event is free, non-partisan, and open to all women considering running for political office or wanting to work on political campaigns.  The Tea is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Crosby Memorial Library on Goodyear Blvd. in Picayune.  Come for the information and the fellowship.  For more information, contact FDW President Ruthie Long at 985-788-1158

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