Kendra Rolle

Hear Me Roar

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January 2022 Issue
Photography by Mike Force Photography

Kendra Rolle
Career: Brunswick’s Newest City Commissioner
Hometown: Brunswick, Ga

Why did you run for City Commissioner? I wanted each resident of the City of Brunswick to have a strong foundation from which to thrive. I also felt that Millennials deserved to have a seat at the table where decisions were being made.

What do you love about Brunswick?
One thing for sure is that I never feel alone here. Brunswick is home. I have beautiful childhood memories here. The people in my city are what makes it such a special place to live.

What did you learn from your campaign?
I learned that sometimes people just want someone to talk to and be heard. And, that their ideas are respected and viewed as important. It gave me a better insight for the residents in my community.

What is the biggest challenge facing Brunswick?
Affordable housing

Tell us about your day job:
I am employed at Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority where I serve as the Family Advocate for Glynn and McIntosh Counties. I serve as a liaison between families, the community and other agencies that offer similar services.

What three words inspire you, and why?
Purpose is defined as “reason for existence.” I am here for a reason. Faith: I have faith in myself. I have faith in my abilities. Support: I am blessed with lots of support. I am not alone; support surrounds me.

What’s your favorite book? Favorite movie? Favorite song?
Moving Forward by Karine Jean Pierre is my favorite book. I love all the Rocky movies and my favorite song is “I Won’t Complain.”

Who is your greatest role model, and why?
My Mother Lessy Gertrude Rolle. She’s the most selfless person I know. She always puts others first and will give you her last anything, if she needed to. She extends a helping hand to anyone who needs it. My mother is humble, hardworking and caring. I will forever be grateful to God for giving me such a wonderful mother.

What do you most look forward to when you get home after a long day?
Pouring a glass of wine and watching a good movie on Netflix.

What advice would you give to other women thinking of running for office?
Spread your wings; you will have no idea how far you can fly. The time is NOW, take that leap of faith! We need new voices in government. When women run we WIN! We already contribute to our communities. I can speak from my own experience as an elected official. I ran because I wanted to make a difference; I ran because I believe the government is a place where we can make people’s lives better. Take the leap, know that we do have a voice and we are the change we wish to see.

One thing on your bucket list is…To visit all 32 NFL Stadiums.

What is something about you that would surprise people?

I am terrified of cats and dogs.

I always feel better when…
When I help others. It makes me happy when I help families. It allows us to connect with others, creates stronger communities and helps to build a happier relationship for everyone.

What has been your greatest adventure, so far?
My greatest adventure so far is being a mother to my 8-year-old son, Ayden. He lights up my entire life with excitement.

I’m Roaring about… Being the first Millennial to hold one of the highest public offices in the City of Brunswick, Georgia.

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