Our Voice - Our Time
Colonel (Retired) Denise Gaines Edmond is the youngest of the five children from a military family. Although her parents raised her and her four older brothers under modest means in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she was constantly instilled with a strong work ethic. Denise has always lived her life around strong leadership, and she went off to college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and received a business degree in 1984. After beginning her military career in 1985, Denise sacrificed the next 30 years serving in the United States Army and Army Reserves. She risked her life and is not afraid to step out and pursue challenges others would shy away from. Denise has proven herself as a dedicated and committed leader.
When she relocated to Georgia in 2002 as a Fort Valley State University Army ROTC professor, Denise provided the instructional foundation to students interested in officership, and provided guidance and support to cadets, officers, and students on sound leadership principles. As an educator, scholarship officer, and staunch mentor to the youth for the state of Georgia, Denise became an advocate for the military in the community. As a retired military officer, Denise continues to make a strong investment in her local community nonprofit organizations by volunteering and sharing her expertise in other nonprofit organizations. She is an inaugural member of the Henry County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., charter member of the Henry-Clayton Section of the National Council of Negro Women, and member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Denise has a MBA from the University of New Orleans and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Colonel (Ret) Denise Gaines Edmond is running for Georgia State House District 109 Representative to bring back the voice and concerns of the people residing in her district to the Georgia Capitol. Denise will be a tough advocate for House District 109 by fighting for the concerns of her constituents and letting their voices be heard in the Georgia House of Representatives. Denise will push to put policies in place effecting change for Henry, Rockdale, and Newton counties to improve their quality of life. She currently resides in McDonough, Georgia. Denise's son, Patrick, is attending her alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.