Cupid, whose parents immigrated from Guyana, South America, said she was interested in establishing a multicultural group to listen to the concerns of different communities in Cobb, explore the benefits that a diverse population brings and to advise the county’s leadership.
“I can tell you growing up as a first generation American, there are some nuances and some strengths when you come from other places,” Cupid said.
Cupid was not enthusiastic about expanding the number of commissioners in light of the county’s other needs. Fulton County, for example, has a seven-member board.
“If I had a choice to add more commissioners or more people serving our communities by way of staff, I would choose the latter,” Cupid said. “If we have gaps in service, we have gaps in people who can respond directly. It’s one thing for a constituent to call me. But when you call me, I’m calling a staff member.”
Cupid, a three-term district commissioner, defeated Republican incumbent Mike Boyce in November. Two other Democrats, also African American women, won seats on the commission last fall.
Cupid’s victory has often been cited as a prominent example of Cobbs’ changing demographics and shifting political landscape.