No black candidate for BoE in new minority district

6 in race for 2 BOE seats; McCarty and Brown face commission opposition

Adjusting to district voting is proving to be a challenge for both political parties in Fayette County.

By rule of a U.S. District Judge last May, the county was split up into 5 districts for voting purposes. Residents can only vote for one member each for the county commission and board of education instead of the previous shot at all five seats.

The change was approved after a successful lawsuit from the Fayette County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People arguing that no black person had ever been elected to either governing body. To remedy that, the court approved a majority-minority Post 5 district with a population of black voting age residents greater than 50 percent.

But only one black candidate qualified for election in the 5th district: Democrat Pota Coston, who is challenging incumbent Republican County Commissioner Allen McCarty.

No black resident qualified to run against school board Post 5 incumbent Democrat Leonard Presberg, who is white, though he will face a challenge in November from last-minute Republican qualifier Dean Dutton who filed his paperwork right at the noon deadline Friday.

The BoE Post 4 races are sure to be lively ones as well. Four Republicans and one Democrat qualified for the seat being vacated by incumbent Bob Todd. The four Republicans include Jane Owens, Diane Basham, John Kimbell and Mindy Fredrikson. The winner will face Democratic challenger Ogechi Oparah in the November general election since she is unopposed in the primary.

Oparah, 23, is a tutor and educational consultant who said she wants to build a platform of support to “build morale and strong relationships between the school system, business community and housing sector.”

A graduate of the school system, Oparah graduated from Princeton University recently.

“Making the best decisions for our school system is key to the economic health of our whole community,” Oparah said, adding that she wants to make sure the opportunities she had as a Fayette student are “preserved and expanded for future generations.”

There is another wrinkle to the five-member BoE in play, and that’s due to the resignation of Post 2 incumbent Mary Kay Bacallao, who is running for the state school superintendent’s position. Her vacant post will be appointed by the remaining four board members to fill the seat for the rest of her unexpired term.

Fayette County Post 3 Commissioner Steve Brown will seek re-election and is facing two challengers with a similar pedigree since all three were previously elected mayor in Peachtree City. Harold Logsdon and Don Haddix are seeking to oust Brown, who is in his second year as commission chairman, a position voted on by all five board members. This race will be settled in the May primary as no Democrats qualified for office.

The trio has an electoral history. Logsdon beat Brown for the Peachtree City mayor’s slot eight years ago, and both Logsdon and Haddix were losers in the most recent Peachtree City mayor’s race.

Incumbent Superior Court Judge Chris Edwards will be re-elected to a new four-year term as no candidates qualified to run against him in the four-county Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties.

At the state level, seven Republicans are seeking the 16th District Senate seat being vacated by Tyrone resident Ronnie Chance. Local homebuilder Bob Barnard, attorney David Studdard, project manager Erik Manning, pilot Gil Williams, attorney James Clifton, insurance agent Marty Harbin and attorney Bill Johnston have qualified for the seat. No Democrats qualified for the post so the winner will be determined in the May primary.

Studdard, an attorney and former police officer for the City of Atlanta, said his top priority is fighting Obamacare.

“My position is to repeal it, and I will work with our congressmen and senators to move in that direction,” Studdard said. “Anything less would be a disservice to my voters.”

Studdard said he is a pro-life, pro-second amendment conservative.

Manning is a project manager in the telecommunications and information technology field. He said he will draw on his experience in the Navy, where he spent six years as a nuclear reactor operator.

“I wish to continue my service to protect and defend our Constitution as a state senator, representing the people of the 16th district,” Manning said.

Manning has been active in the local Republican Party, the American Legion Post 105 and is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Fayette County.

Williams is a Delta pilot and also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He also served as a Presidential airlift pilot and as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Liaison to the United Nations.

“I believe this is a critical time for our state and our nation,” Williams said, adding that he brings proven leadership experience and a commitment to service, honor and conservative family values.

Incumbents District 64 Democrat Virgil Fludd and District 63 Democrat Ronnie Mabra are unopposed, as are District 72 Republican Matt Ramsey and District 73 Republican John Yates.

A name familiar to some residents has qualified to oppose sitting Attorney General Sam Olens. Jonesboro attorney Greg Hecht represented a portion of Fayette County during the 1990s and qualified as a Democrat.

Hecht, who served four years as an assistant district attorney in Clayton County and also served in the Georgia legislature, said he wants to address problems with the Department of Family and Children Services since the attorney general’s office is responsible for preparing DFCS workers to testify in court to protect children from abuse.

“The Attorney General needs to be an experienced prosecutor committed to leading the charge against public corruption, regardless of party. We have to take politics out of the office, roll up our sleeves, and provide the checks and balances for all Georgians to be protected from corruption and abuse,” Hecht said.

At the federal level, two-term District 3 Representative Lynn Westmoreland will face a primary challenge from fellow Republican C.E. “Chip” Flanegan, who came in third four years ago in an attempt to unseat the congressman. No Democrat qualified for this race so the winner will be determined in the May primary.

District 13 Congressman David A. Scott drew a Democratic challenger in Michael C. Owens, a senior program manager from Mableton. No Republican qualified for office so the race will be settled in the May primary.

Candidates who have not yet submitted their candidacy information are asked to email their information to editor@TheCitizen.com for a brief summary to be included in an upcoming story. All candidates are also urged to email their contact information and a recent high-resolution photo to us also.

[CORRECTION: The name of Post 4 Board of Education candidate Mindy Fredrikson was misspelled in the above story. The correct spelling is now in the story.]

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A tradition of fear of 'color' begins to crumble
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“The goal of this case is straightforward: we seek to create five equally-populated election districts in Fayette County, each of which would elect one candidate to each board,” said local counsel Wayne Kendall. “By replacing at-large voting with district voting, Black residents would constitute the majority of the voting age population in one district, and would finally be able to elect candidates of their choosing to each board.”

The lawsuit claims that the current at-large voting system used for the county commission and the board of education “weakens the voting strength of minority voters, and consquently denies those voters an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice.”

As before shared in this discussion, in Fayette County, the 'black' community wanted a candidate of their choice to represent them. One understands the assumption that this community means 'black only '. However, if one looks at history blacks did not support the candidacy of Sharpton as they did Obama. Why? The obvious difference in qualifications may be a reason. As the AJC article mentioned, if this community in the future feels there is a candidate who may be a minority qualified to represent them, they will have an opportunity to elect such a candidate without having other voters who may not want minority representation at the table, to deny them the right of representation. Since the demise of groups like the KKK, minorities have little fear of whites in America. It's not the color of your skin that counts, but the intent of your heart.

Ability to serve and represent; qualification; - that's what most Americans want in leadership. FC is a community of intelligent citizens who usually act wisely. Fear of color and change of apparent 'tradition' is harming the reputation of what FC represents as the NEW SOUTH!

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Stormin' the gates ...

...not.

"But only one black candidate qualified for election in the 5th district: Democrat Pota Coston, who is challenging incumbent Republican County Commissioner Allen McCarty."

"The BoE Post 4 races are sure to be lively ones as well. ...The winner will face Democratic challenger Ogechi Oparah in the November general election since she is unopposed in the primary.

Oparah, 23, is a tutor and educational consultant who ... graduated from Princeton University recently."

"No black resident qualified to run against school board Post 5 incumbent Democrat Leonard Presberg,..."

So there it is folks. The results of qualified candidates from the new "minority majority" district.

My gosh ...the way the NAACP was carrying on and ballyhooing you'da thunk there'd be black candidates lined up three deep stormin' the gates for each office. I mean with all the obvious black oppression we got goin' on down here in oh so racist Fayetteville you mighta thought there'd be a couple or three potential candidates for these BOE and Commissioner posts. I mean 'specially given the fact an expert, state-level Office of Gerrymandering spent *months* creating a "majority minority" district (aka "ghetto") just so a black candidate ...any black candidate that has breath ...would have the landslide majority skin color advantage. But wait, isn't that racism?? Oh, no, 'scuse me, silly me ...racism only applies to, and is practiced by, non-blacks.

And so we have:

ONE black candidate for the 5th district county commissioner.

NO BOE black candidate from the minority majority 5th district.

That's it????

After listening to the blather from the NAACP I would have thought there'd have been just a great uprising of the "oppressed". And what do we get from the "mighty fifth"? One black candidate to run for commissioner. The only other black candidate to run for any office doesn't even call the 5th district home.

So what's a person to think? Possibly, just maybe, the NAACP was simply trying to justify its existence by fixing a "problem" that didn't exist? Trying to find purpose in a world that has long ago left this organization behind? Or that the NAACP truly had their finger on the pulse of the political climate and well-being of blacks living in Fayette County?

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Who cares about black candidates - its now about the women

Pretty good chance of a woman in BOE Post 4 and County Commission Post 5 and it only stands to reason that the BOE will replace Mary Kay with a female appointee.
That would be the first time for a female majority on BOE!

We have a woman as mayor of Peachtree City already, so this could be quite a year for women in Fayette County.

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What are you talking about

The BOE is 3/2 male female. If they choose a female to take over for MKB it's still 3-2

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Dr. Todd has chosen not to run

Most running for that open seat are women. Even have a Democrat woman. That changes the 3-2 to 2-3.

And of course what I am really talking about is letting women run things for a change. Unlikely they could do worse than the men.

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the NAACP was simply trying to justify its existence by fixing a "problem" that didn't exist?

LOL! Clever rhetoric - but the courts found that the 'problem' existed and so we have the ruling. Many are not surprised at the desire to appeal. There are some citizens in our country who appear to still be fighting the Civil War. Presberg has exhibited leadership based on educational principles - not secular religion or skin color. Interesting to have a recent graduate of Princeton who is a product of Fayette County schools desiring to serve.

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Civil War or not

Around these here parts - it's the War of Northern Aggression.

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I think the black puppetmaster had it exactly right

The puppetmaster had 4 black candidates lined up in 4 different races so that there was no danger of splitting the black vote. Of course the 51% Fifth District was set up specifically for the purpose of electing a black representative to both county commission and BOE, so they were perfectly positioned. Then someone either discovered a flaw with the 5th District BOE guy at the last minute and forced him out or to believe DM's fairy tale - they (whoever "they" is) decided a liberal Jew was philosophically the same as a black person, so they anointed Pressburg with the NAACP stamp of approval and the convenience of a non-election.

Coston and Oparah are good to go as is - color wise. No argument with Pota who will probably win as a double minority and a non-incumbent, but even though Oparah is unquestionably black and female, some of those 4th District voters both black and white are going to question why a 23 year old just 5 years out of high school is the best one in the field to manage the school system.

In the other race, Brown is clearly the NAACP's choice as he has been a member for years, although blacks in the past have shown sympathy with and actually elected the hopelessly befuddled or an out and out crook, giving each of the other two candidates a chance at the black vote. Of course in this district that remains a real honest minority, so the PTC people who have suffered under the last 3 mayors will have to choose the least harmful to represent them at county commission.

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the black puppetmaster

Phrase from the days of legal segregation.

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I hate to butt in, but isn't district voting legal segregation?

If you think about it instead of reacting to it, why is the gerrymandered district creeping everywhere different from segregation? Isolate the blacks from the whites, so the whites don't have a right to vote. That make sense to you, Moms? Legal because the pansy judge with the bow tie said so. A lot of what Lester Maddox did was legal as well. You like any of that Mom?

Huh? Answer me. Now!

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Answer: No! In Fayette County - most of the 20% minorities are well integrated into communities. District 5 was the only area where a possible 51% could be identified. Someone mentioned that the Districts should be identified by High School attendance. The result might have been similar to what we have. You are such an inarticulate defender of the sickness of segregation and Jim Crow. But keep posting - it is important for people to understand that there are some white males who use 'conservatism' to hide their racism based on insecurity. Conservatism is important for balance in our country. It is too bad that those who think like you are so fearful of an ideology that may differ from yours.

Republican lawyers should have seen this coming. . . the high school districting would have saved a lot of name calling.

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DM - Really?

I can't seem to find this, please provide a reference. I also searched images and got a lot of pictures of black puppeteers, a few of Mr. Obama and one or two of Putin.

Is there a document that states this phrase in context?

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I thought you were around my age - my mistake. There were groups back in the day (1950-1960) who were against integration who called the leaders of the integration movement 'black puppet masters'. There were some American citizens who believed that southern blacks were happy with their situation under segregation, and were being manipulated by 'puppet masters' to protest against Jim Crow practices. Authentic history documents this. Do you really challenge the reality of this? Where did you receive your education? This was in the history books that I was exposed to - as well as the media of the day.

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puppet master of blacks

I got my learning down here in Dixie way back, and those who were against inegration would never have called the leaders of the civil rights movement "master" of nothing. Now I can see them pointing fingers at the Jews, or white liberals from the north, claiming they were the "puppet masters of the blacks". Maybe that is what you meant?

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An interesting thought. Many of the supporters of integration were 'whites' and some belonged to the Jewish and/or the Catholic religion. Remember, there are 'whites' from the south who are credited with helping with the fight against Jim Crow practices. Members of the 'black' community do credit them for their efforts and support. In 1958, a white family was most kind to me in Tennessee. Not all southern whites were 'haters' - as you know.

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DM - Can't

I can't find it, and I am just saying that if it is as ubiquitous as you say, you should be able to provide a link to one of the many citations in the literature about it.

Care to provide one for the uneducated?

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Not uneducated - just unexposed. It's not a bad thing that you were not among those who used this terminology. It was used to belittle and denigrate. If you want to find it - you can. Anti-integration publications, etc. However, as time has past, some editors, like the editor of The Citizen, may have deleted this pro-Jim Crow/hate terminology.- literature. Derogatory black art, which was prevalent before the '50's is now considered a collectors item. We are moving on.The book The Warmth of Other Suns, though certainly not as well written as 12 Years of Slavery - gives insight into why there was such a mass exodus of African-Americans from the south in the '40's. Those leaders who chose to remain in the south and combat Jim Crow - were often called 'puppet masters' by those who wished to denigrate their efforts.

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Come on DM

you really expect me to believe that the Internet has been "cleansed"??

If I am underexposed, I suppose the entire plant is underexposed? I am not saying your wrong, I am saying I can't find the term based on your definition. I suppose if you could find it you would have provided one of the many links to it.

Let's be clear, you said "black puppet masters" was the term. Just one link please.

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You really believe that everything regarding the history of the United States is on the 'net'? How old are you? LOL!

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DM - So

So you can't find it either. Thanks.

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Your mustache

DM- Your mustache is a remnant of times past. When are you going to shave it?

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to believe DM's fairy tale - they (whoever "they" is) decided a liberal Jew was philosophically the same as a black person, so they anointed Pressburg with the NAACP stamp of approval and the convenience of a non-election.

The president and/or attorney representing the NAACP made a statement expressing DM's so- called fairytale. Your arrogance in expressing your ignorance regarding fellow Americans is welcomed because you are in a minority in FC ! To resist a political change (Dem vs Rep). Is to be expected. The intent of Presbeg to preserve/ improve educational offerings for FC students surpasses skin color and religion concerns. To question the qualifications of an outstanding graduate of FC schools who successfully completed a rigorous Princeton University course because they have just graduated from college and is 23 years old is your right. . . but IMO exhibits limited thinking trying to coverup deep seated distrust of females and minorities.

Sounds as if Oparah has spent the past four years developing a platform for educational improvement in the 21st Century!

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Oparah, 23, is a tutor and educational consultant who said she wants to build a platform of support to “build morale and strong relationships between the school system, business community and housing sector.”

A graduate of the school system, Oparah graduated from Princeton University recently.

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Which doesn't belong and why?

a. Female school board member
b. Black school board member
c. Young school board member
d. Common Core

The answer of course is d. Common Core.

I have no fear of black, white, young, old, any of that. I do fear that Common Core is a bunch of crap, one size fits all, watered down educational tool that gives government too much say over educating our kids. It breeds revisionist history and dumbs down math and science and eliminates a forum for advanced students. And not surprisingly, Common Core is embraced by the democrats as being "fair". Maybe our unelected leader Pressburg likes Common Core - has anybody asked? Just like Obamacare and every other thing the Dems touch - pull down the strong or rich or educated or anybody at the top to make them more like the people at the bottom.

Stop preaching this racial fear garbage - most of us fear failure that is being pushed upon us by the idiotic Dems.
Focus on the right things and you won't look so foolish.

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Be Informed

Be informed about Common Core. There are many articles, pro and con regarding these standards.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Core_State_Standards_Initiative

www.corestandards.org/

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The New SAT is based on Common Core Curricula

Whether one likes Common Core or not, the revised SAT is adopting this curricula for their College Board test. Our school system may teach a much more expansive and difficult curricula, but we better make sure we cover all of the Common Core topics. I think of Common Core as the most basic curricula, but certainly not the only topics that should be taught.

Also, Common Core is not a Democrat idea. It was proposed by a wide swatch of governors, and Sonny Purdue (hardly a liberal) was one of the most vocal proponent of these standards. It was proposed because No Child Left Behind was not working.

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Common Core = Success?

We can change all the curricula and testing we want to but the bottom line is that public schools cost too much with questionable results. What are the real keys to academic success?

1. Parents - that are actively involved in their children's schooling and daily activities. That's why home schooling works so well.
2. Students - that want to learn and are encouraged to learn by their parents, rewarded for success, held up for all to see when they are successful and positively supported when they fail.
3. Instilling the concept of personal responsibility in our children, that is they that have the power to make their success happen by their actions and judgments. Not anyone else.
4. Plenty of outside after school activities, so the student can learn the skill of time management, socializing and leadership.
5. Finally, teachers that care about their students enough to re-enforce these concepts. Fundamental to having a good student is to have open communication between the parent and the teacher. Each of my children understood one thing about teachers, teachers called the shots. The teacher and my child understood that should any issue come up about my child's behavior, the teacher was always right. If I had an issue with a teacher, which I never did, I would take it up with them privately and never in front of my kid.

So, change the "core" all you want to, it really doesn't make any difference, only caring about your kid's success matters and instilling qualities that lead to their success in life.

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Common Core

If you have read Common Core -you certainly realize that the curricula is the minimum of what a student should achieve at a certain grade level. Our country's strength USED TO BE it's public education system which allowed all citizens an opportunity to achieve success. What we are approaching now is a 'caste system' which the Pilgrims and other colonists supposedly resisted. What you have shared is certain;y what ANY GOOD SCHOOL - public or private must have to achieve success. Parents are more involved in most private schools because they are paying for the privilege of their child attending and supposedly receiving a superior education. Americans move to certain neighborhoods to enroll their child in a successful school which is 'public' and has what you correctly list as necessary for success. What is taught in this country is important no matter if the school is public or private. For American students to be so low on the list of academic achievement is detrimental to our country's future. Any state's academic achievement that is below 25 out of 50 states should be making sure that all of it's districts are at least teaching the minimum required curricula. Some in Georgia claim the Core is not up to state standards. Geogia is 27 out of 50 on some lists.

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Interesting - DM

You seem to critique the results (outcomes) of public schools but at the same time support them. Who exactly do you think pays for these schools? The parent of home schooled or private schools, pays twice. They are forced to.

Frankly, I think you totally missed my point, it's not the school system or its curricula that makes the difference. I never said the parent should be involved with the school. They should be involved with the student (their kids) and then the teacher. The key to success is the parent. Not the school. If the school does not work for the student, then an involved parent can change that. If they are serious about their children's success they will do what's necessary to change it.

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Any state's academic achievement that is below 25 out of 50 states should be making sure that all of it's districts are at least teaching the minimum required curricula. Some in Georgia claim the Core is not up to state standards. Geogia is 27 out of 50 on some lists

I was interested in your reaction to this.

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Reaction DM

I have no reaction to it, what do you think I should say? It proves the point that no matter how much money you pour into the public school systems of this country, they don't perform very well? Indeed, I would say the more money you pour into them the worse the outcomes. Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama pour money into their public schools, far more than they should. The highest ranking schools in this country are private schools, why do you think that is? The highest ranking public schools perform poorly compared to Korea for example. Why is that? Could it be that the Koreans take a real interest in their children, students don't generally come from fatherless homes and parents demand excellence from their children? Could it be?

Once you have a society that is dependent on government, you give up all personal responsibility for your actions and outcomes. When you do this you focus on the School System and not the student. All you have to do is look at outcomes DM, but you first must take off those rose colored glasses.

No DM, it's not the schools.

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Thank you for your input. When are you leaving for a country with 'no government'? Money is not the answer. Respect for teachers; acknowledgment of the importance of well prepared teachers who are dedicated and fairly compensated for their efforts; an overhaul of our approach to education to meet the needs of the 21st Century, etc., etc., etc., may be part of the answer.

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TOGETHER

I know you may dislike the concept of that word - but parent, teacher, school must work together for the success of a student. . . public or private. Private schools can put a disruptive student or an uncooperative parent out of the school. Even home-schoolers must work cooperatively with the program in order to achieve success. Yes, I support public education. I am not blind to it's failures. In our country - we don't accept failure - we work to improve. Those home-owners without children in public education also pay. Why? An educated populace is important for the salvation of a community. A citizenry educated in American public schools was/is the foundation of this country. Allowing the public education system to fail is a step towards the demise of our country.

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I agree together

I agree together we need to get the government out of educating our children, privatize the public schools, allow teachers to be paid based on their productivity as measured by long term student success. Sell off all the school assets to reduce debt financing of education.

Yes, indeed, let's work together to get this done. You'll be amazed at how well students can do when their total potential is unleashed by a free market.

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20,000 Killed,Space Station Crashes to Earth. Engineer Jailed

Dateline Las Vegas 2042
SPACE STATION SERVED AS PENAL COLONY
DESIGNING ENGINEER JAILED IN GRAVITY FLAP
The 10-year old space colony that has housed political prisoners, mostly those that voted against former President Chelsea Clinton in 2030, crashed to earth yesterday killing all on board. President Jared Sharpton expressed dismay over the deaths of 18,000 federal workers who were tasked to guard the 2,000 radicals who spoiled former President Clinton's 100% vote margin which was widely expected in her 4th reelection campaign. Also incarcerated in the orbiting penal colony and presumed to have perished was former Georgia Governor Jason Carter who was jailed after he protested what he called excessive federal hiring, referring to the 9:1 guard to prisoner ratio for the penal colony named Limbaugh Land after the first of many radio talk show hosts (all of whom died of boredom in their first year) incarcerated there by former President Obama who took over the FCC before his appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Designing engineer and rocket scientist Kelli J. Griffith, born in 1996, of Robinson Road, Peachtree City, was immediately jailed when she failed a sobriety test in her office and immediately blamed Common Core, the cornerstone of her high school learning curriculum at McIntosh High School for failing to mention gravity." I, like never heard of such a thing in my Common Core high school, Gravity? Is that, like caused by global warming? I thought that thing would, like stay up there forever. I guess I won't be hired to, like build the new one. Whatever", the diminutive, gum-chewing, gray haired rocket scientist government worker proclaimed. Griffin, a life long smoker adorned with a sagging Mick Jagger tramp stamp, faces 100 years incarceration in the new penal space colony should it be built - and should it last that long.

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Way to early in the day to be ingesting alcohol

Your time stamp says 12:55 pm and that's like 1 in the afternoon.

What is this even about and what does it have to do with BOE?

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I can't speak for anyone else, but I would like to know more about the Princeton grad. She has an excellent schooling background, but limited business and life experience. If someone is in charge of a budget as big as the BOE, I would hope that they have both.

I can honestly tell you and anyone else, at that age, I would not have been knowledgable or mature enough to hold the post with any credibility.

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I hope that we all listen carefully to the candidates. Many school districts had difficulty dealing with budgets during our fiscal crisis. I was not too impressed with the FC 's handling of the budget which supports an outstanding program for the past ten years. There has been improvement. Our Fayette County grad may have been exposed to some dynamic strategies at Princeton and her experience as an educational consultant may be beneficial. There are some very .successful young Americans in corporate America. We're fortunate to have qualified candidates willing to serve. I hope we vote based on experience and vision. Age is not always a good measure for quality. It will be interesting to hear the answers to our many questions/concerns.

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Age

You're right. Age is not always a good indicator of quality. That's why I want to hear more from this candidate. Real world experience, maturity, studying the issues, and budgeting are all important.

I do commend the lady for stepping forward. Let's see now how prepared she is for this important position. I wish her well.

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While I think it will be very interesting to hear more about the home grown candidate, it is important to note the quality of atleast two of the other candidates. One is a Delta attorney with a good reputation for pragmatisim and thoughtfulness and another is a 30 year veteran FCBOE teacher who specialized in Economics at McIntosh. I look forward to hearing about not only degrees which are nice, but experience which counts, thoughts on the issues that face our excellent public schools, and understanding of the issues that confront our public schools which matters.

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Logsdon all the way

Without a doubt.

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It is going to be interesting

To see what Bob Ross and the tea party do. Despite the fact Ross doesn't live in Tyrone, he was there waving signs for Pota in the last election. His interference turned off a lot of the locals that may, or may not have considered her.

I think they(Ross and tea party) learned their lesson and won't be so visible this time. No doubt they will be behind the scenes pulling strings against McCarty in yet another area that Ross doesn't live in.

What strange bedfellows greed for power makes. :)

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He won't get involved this time

1. Bob and Pota used each other for personal gain. It just didn't work out. Pota wanted to win the election and thought Bobs help would put her on council. Bob wanted to prove an African American can win in FC.

Bob won't campaign against McCarty. McCarty provides too much money to the party and is the party's encumbant, even if he hasn't really done anything worthy of reelection.

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Politics!
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Bob won't campaign against McCarty. McCarty provides too much money to the party and is the party's encumbant, even if he hasn't really done anything worthy of reelection.

Younger voters will soon change this scenario.

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Davids Mom

Are you saying you are better than a trailer park resident or a felon? I was a convicted felon, Texas 1971, poession of less than an ounce of whacky tabbacy. My record is now cleared. It takes all kinds to make a county so remark about trailer parks makes you no better than the people you refer to as racist, it is showing prejudice no matter what color you paint it. I have friends that live in million dollar homes and others that live in run down homes. They are all good people and I follow my bible teachings, I treat them equally

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the prez

This is what I said:

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Trailer park resident and a felon. Sorry, none of my friends/acquaintances fit that description. Guess we have different input.

Nice to meet you - and congratulations. I don't believe that all residents of District 5 fit Morgans description of those he knows. I judge people on their current words and actions - and as far as I know, none of my friends/acquaintances who live in District 5 fit the above description. Many of my retired friends live in trailer parks in California - in fact near the ocean. Congratulations on having a clear record. I belong to a group that has been working on changing the 'felon' label for young men and women throughout our country due to a non-violent 'drug' possession charge. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to further explain my remarks. Continue with your Bible readings - the Bible is a great guide for successful living.

I was responding to what Mr. Morgan shared:

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I don't have any friends in District 5
except for the Legacy Theater guy and he's non-political. One of the former teachers at Booth lives in that trailer park and he thinks Pressberg is a little weird but harmless, but the teacher doesn't get to vote because of that felony thing with kids a few years ago.

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No black candidate

Wow, over $300,000 dollars spent for all the bickering and my voting choices have now been limited. What a country!!!

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The futility of the racist, segregationist NAACP

The NAACP are nothing but a bunch of illegitimate hate-filled racists. Their goal of segregating the county by race was futile and just goes to show how utterly comtemptable and hateful they are.

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Gerrymander me some hope

Well this is just a fiasco. How do they expect Fayette County voters to make an informed decision about an election if all they have to rely upon is the candidates' positions, statements, past record, endorsements, and qualifications? How am I supposed to know whom to vote for with only the facts about the issues and the candidate's qualifications if I don't know the important thing- the candidate's race?!?!? District voting was supposed to give all people a race to vote for. Issues? Positions?!? Bah, who cares. I can only judge a man based on the color of his skin. One thing Washington teaches us daily is that the content of a man's character is utterly irrelevant.

How, I ask you, my fellow voters! How can we be expected to make an informed decision if we don't know what color the candidate's skin is? It's very common knowledge that a white person simply cannot vote for a qualified candidate who also happens to be black. So we got district voting and what's happened?!? I suspect more conspiracy. Perhaps when Cal takes a break from yelling at young whipper-snappers playing near his grass, he can shake his cane at the disenfranchisement of voters who needed minority candidates to run for office.

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Tea Party worries come to nothing

All the hand-wringing and consternation by the conservatives in their efforts to keep an African-American off the school board, and no Black bothers to run.

How ironic!

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WTF?

STF - The goal of the NAACP was to boot whitey off of the school board, not the other way around. You bed-wetting libs always try to point the finger at others when you lose the argument. What a fricking loser, you are.

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Congrats

Mission accomplished, carry on.

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Race awareness

Oops! It looks like the 'Black' community has less fear of a 'white skinned person' than SOME residents in FC have of a 'black skinned person'. As quiet as it's kept, all Democrats in FC are not 'black'! This ignorance regarding 'race' and diversity is coming to a close. Democrats and Republicans must learn to work together or the 'big money' may go to the Independents!

When you know the players and the rules of the game( 'law'), one has a good chance of winning the game. Some may think that they lost - but they only lost the right to deny another voice to be heard at the table. The game goes on - and Republicans are ahead in FC.

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All the hand-wringing and consternation by the conservatives in their efforts to keep an African-American off the school board, and no Black bothers to run.

How ironic!

Using the word BLACK got those with racist tendencies to share their ignorance. Not all conservatives are racist - and most blacks do not fear a leader because of the color of their skin. Oh, there were 'blacks' who may have wanted to run - but you don't deny a contribution of a leader because of the color of skin! The majority/minority community supports Mr. Presberg!

Nothing ironic about that!!! ( Nothing racist about it either). LOL!

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Well Mom, the NAACP and the judge used the word "black"

in their complaint and lawsuit and his decision. Of course we all know that the real goal here was to finagle more Democrat influence in a Republican county using an outdated racist organization and a liberal white-guilt judge all too happy to suck up to the Dems. I understand whiney white do-gooder judges, but don't black people have more pride than that? First they let the Dems destroy the black family by promoting the Great welfare society and then they kowtow to them decades later on the issue of district voting.

Yea, I know Mom, some blacks in Fayette county are Republican. That's not the issue.

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Morgan!

If there are 'Blacks' in FC who are Republican - what do you see as the issue? Democrats ruling Republicans with one vote?

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Morgan and Brown

Continue to live up to the 'ole boys image'

Brown as quoted in AJC:

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“We spent the better part of two years messing around with this lawsuit and a black candidate withdraws from the ranks. You’d think there’d be candidates coming out of the woodworks,” said county commission chairman Steve Brown, a Republican, who is seeking re-election against two Republican challengers

Granted, there are some who are proud to have this 'thought ' represent FayetteCounty. The goal 'candidate of their choice' has been achieved. The messing around included my tax dollars, and what a waste of money to try to keep a different perspective from being represented. One vote out of 5 will never be a majority - but I bet there may be issues in this county that receive a 5-0 vote!

Let's move on!

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you are not very good about staying on topic

You always divert and distract instead of trying to address a valid point.

Brown's quote is 100% correct, although I think he means withdraw from the "race" instead of ranks, but his point is the NAACP goes to all this trouble and they don't even have a candidate ready? They wouldn't have had one in the commission race had Pota won in Tyrone. That's just sheer incompetence and mismanagement and poor planning. Those are the things we "fear" in our leadership - not skin color.

So, address that - how come no viable, prepared black candidate was waiting in the wings for BOE Post 5? Just address that. No Pressburg BS.

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Presberg BS?

Wpw!! The point. The District wants Presberg - and not someone who represents your point of view!! Got it?

BUT KEEP TALKING HONEY - YOU'RE REALLY MAKING A POINT!

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"The District wants Pressberg" pontificates Davids Mom

Setting aside the fact that you don't live in that District (nor do I), how do you take on the spokesperson position? I am not aware of Mr. Pressberg's point of view about anything since he has never actually campaigned for the office he holds. I'm also unclear on what standard you use in stating "The District wants Pressberg" Is it the number of votes he received last election? Well no, can't be that. Is it the number of votes he might receive this time? Well no. Can it be that the one candidate who qualified to run against him dropped out hours later? Can't see the connection. Is it the fact that he is a registered Democrat? If that's it, you'd have to assume a 51% black 49% white and other district would blindly support any Democrat and I can't see that happening.

it would be instructive to hear from someone on here who actually lives in that District. Any District 5 residents out there?

So what is it that you basing your "The District wants Pressberg" statement on. Mind reading?

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Setting aside the fact that you don't live in that District (nor do I), how do you take on the spokesperson position?

Certainly not 'acting' as spokesperson for District 5!! LOL! They evidently have effective leadership - and their actions speak for them.

One should not decide to run an election campaign if he/she has no support. Mr. Presberg has acted as chairman of the BOE; he has worked collaboratively with the other members of the Board. I know you are not assuming that Mr. Presberg and the residents of District 5 have little political awareness. Mr. Presberg is running unopposed - possibly because no other potential candidate can garner financial support at this time to run a campaign. You and I are not privy to that information. However, contrary to constant discussion on this blog - District 5 and the NAACP did achieve their goal: (Having a seat at the table represented by someone who represents their concerns) - and neither the NAACP nor the residents of District 5 can be called 'racist' If the minorities in District 5 wanted to use their leverage to dismiss Mr. Presberg - they have a 'MAP' on strategies for working against those who would take away their voting rights. Many of us remember the messages that were shared in this publication and elsewhere when Mr. Presberg was appointed to his position of the BOE. Mr. Presberg does not represent a group that denies voting rights. What am I basing my opinion on? Close relationships with residents of District 5. What are your friends in District 5 telling you? Please share.

By the way - I am sure that there are many others who share your point of view. I have no intent on trying to change anyones opinion - just expressing a different point of view.

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I don't have any friends in District 5

except for the Legacy Theater guy and he's non-political. One of the former teachers at Booth lives in that trailer park and he thinks Pressberg is a little weird but harmless, but the teacher doesn't get to vote because of that felony thing with kids a few years ago.

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Morgan's remarks

Trailer park resident and a felon. Sorry, none of my friends/acquaintances fit that description. Guess we have different input.

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My mistake, he said he used to be a Democrat

and would gladly vote for them again. I think he has an EBT card.

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The District wants Presberg ?

"Wpw!! The point. The District wants Presberg - and not someone who represents your point of view!! Got it?"
DM you reading minds now or are the little birdies talking to you now? We"ll see how many turn out and vote for the EDITED and DELETED for violation of terms of servicecome November. Thedn we'll know if the district wants him as much as you do....

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Representing the Nazi Viewpoint

In the spirit of multiculturalism, I suppose you represent the intolerant sector of the electorate who is not ashamed to be openly antisemitic.

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LONG TIMER

Thank you for your non-racist reply and opinion. Mr. Presberg is not in my District. Is he in yours? The VOTING members of his district will have the last word - NOT LONG TIMERS. (and that's the point!)

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Just couldn't resist sharing that racist, denigrating comment could you Long Timer!!

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Out of line

You are out of line

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Husband and Father

It is my experience that the majority of citizens in FC do not think along the line expressed in the comment you referred to.

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Brown not really 100% correct

Certainly not politically correct.
That stuff about coming out of the woodwork implies creature like ants or termites or roaches and IMHO, that's racist.

Note to editor,
when you say Brown is facing 2 challengers, you should add that 2 is the fewest number of challengers he has ever faced. Might seem like a walk in the park compared to his ouster by Logsdon back 8 years ago.

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I would rather be represented by 5 than one

That said, opinions vary.

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Spyglass

I and many others understand your reasoning for your opinion - but when you get the 'sharing' of persons like Long Timer and others, you realize that not everyone has the interest of all citizens of FC in mind.

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I think you are off base here.

But you knew that.

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