Stocks files for Concord’s District 3 Council Seat
By Fran Farrer
CONCORD, NC – Concord native, Betty Stocks was among the first residents entering the Concord Board of Elections office as she filed candidacy for District 3 Council, a seat currently held by Mrs. Ella Small.
Stocks, a retiree from the City of Concord Police Department where she served for 28 years in various capacities and levels of duty and, proved herself worthy of becoming the first African American to earn the position of Deputy Chief.
Stocks is running for Council District 3 with the support of Councilwoman Ella Mae Small who has held the seat for 15 years following the death of her late husband. Smalls says it’s time to “pass the mantle” on and is pleased to endorse Stocks, who she has worked with in numerous community functions.
Smalls was appointed to fill the tern occupied by her late husband, Allen T. Small. due to his untimely death. After filling his term with successes, she decided to run again and was elected, and has represented the community and served relentlessly. Small’s niece, Joanne Small-James shared that she was proud of her uncle Allen and is extremely proud of her aunt Ella who was blessed to surpass the service provided by her uncle. Mrs. Small served as a teacher in the Cabarrus County School System for 42 years. She continues to be active in her community, the Deltas and her home church, Price Memorial AM.E. Zion.
Well known for her commitment to serve and protect her community while working with the Police Department, she has served on the United Way of Central Carolina Citizen Review Committee, chair of the MLK Planning Committee, board member of Cabarrus Habitat for Humanity, and a member of the NAACP.
Mrs. Stocks is married to Terrence Stocks, and the proud mother of Taurean and Tyra, and grandmother of Ariyan and Alaian. She and Terrence are founders of the Cabarrus County Juneteenth Committee, and life-long members of Grace Lutheran Church where she serves as Vice President, acting as president. In addition, she a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Mrs. Stocks said she is humbled by MRs Small’s endorsement and will strive to do the best she can to continue the legacy that Mrs. Small has provided.