Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood was named among the 25 female public officials selected in the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017.
With her inclusion, Ludgood joins local, federal and state leaders from across the country in an initiative that supports and encourages women who engage in the governing process.More than 125 women were nominated for the Class of 2017, which was selected based on career and educational accomplishments, a series of recommendations and a commitment to actively participate in the goal of seating a diverse class in a number of categories.
The program acknowledges the contributions the women in each class have already made, but also provides opportunities for each class to mentor to younger women getting involved in the political process.
“The issue of parity is important for women, for families, for our economy and for the country. We are woefully behind other nations in terms of gender equality,” Cathilea Robinett, president of Governing Magazine, said.“Women at the state and local level in both parties need and deserve our support, which is why we launched the Women in Government Leadership Program. Our goal is to build a powerful, national network of state and local elected women leaders.”
Ludgood was first elected to the Mobile County Commission in 2007, after serving several years as an assistant attorney for Mobile County and the city of Mobile.
In addition to running a private legal practice for a number of years, Ludgood has previously represented the Mobile County Personnel Board and worked with the Legal Services Corporation on the state and national level.
Since taking office, Ludgood has also represented Mobile County as the president and a board member of Association of County Commissions of Alabama.
More information about the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership and a list of 25 members of the Class of 2017 can be found here.
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