Jannquell Peters (D), is an attorney and small business owner who has been an advocate for others her entire career. She was elected 33rd Mayor of the City of East Point on December 3, 2013 after entering the race as a newcomer to politics.
Under Mayor Peters’ leadership, people were consistently put first. Smart deregulation made it easier for new and existing businesses to grow. This effort created consecutive years of private sector job growth and consecutive years of a reduced unemployment rate. The City made significant strides in revitalizing Main Street by implementing the first ever Small Business Incentive Program and initiated substantial infrastructure improvements. Mayor Peters additionally created a Blighted Property Task force to address issues around blight and community decay.
Before taking public office, Mayor Peters held a variety of positions working with the underrepresented, providing a voice to those without. She served as a mediator, public defender and later as a child advocate attorney where she represented abused and neglected children in foster care. Mayor Peters is committed to improving the literacy rate in Georgia by reading to school aged children as often as she can. She additionally supports access to reading by volunteering as a voice over artist and recording books for the visually impaired and by stewarding a little free library in front of her home.
Jannquell is a native of New Orleans, where her parents, two sisters, other family and many childhood friends still reside. She is a graduate of Country Day School and went on to graduate from Northern Michigan University. She also holds a law degree from Southern University Law Center and is currently in private practice. When she has free time, Mayor Peters enjoys playing golf, cooking, and spending time with family, friends and her dogs Sam and Max.