Cobb election: GOP school board candidates take the lead

Updated later Wednesday: As of this afternoon, Republican Tim Stultz is now the winner in District 2, edging out Cash as more ballots were counted.

Updated Wednesday:  In a true squeaker, Democrat Holli Cash keeps her District 2 school board seat by a margin of 50 votes.

Two Republicans appear poised to win seats on the Cobb school board.

The closest race is in District 2 where GOP challenger Tim Stultz is leading Democratic incumbent Holli Cash. Stultz has 52 percent of the vote, while Cash has 48 percent with 81 percent of the precincts reporting.

In District 6. Scott Sweeney has a commanding lead over Democrat Ricky Alan Welkis.

6 comments Add your comment

Lynn

November 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

How disappointing. Cash wins by 50 votes. What were the voters thinking?

Cobb resident

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 am

They were probably thinking, if he wanted to be elected, he could deign to answer the League of Women Voters’ questions and put some actual positions on his website.

td

November 3rd, 2010
9:40 am

I have talked to Scott Sweeney a couple of times and know that he will do a good job on the BOE.

Nickajack Parent

November 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

They were also probably thinking that he represents the elite of the SE Cobb area who want demographically homogeneous schools. His children will likely not even go to Nickajack, though that is the school he is zoned for. We love our full-inclusion, National School of Character that Holli Cash helped open and continues to fight for as a school board member AND school parent!

Cobb County Parent

November 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Thankfully, the blog heading is wrong! Cash has been defeated. Yes, there is a Santa Claus!

Cobb resident

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 pm

I’m not a Cash fan, as I have said before, but I fail to see why so many are so happy about a total unknown who doesn’t respect constituents enough to provide thoughtful answers to voter questions. Moreover, I am acquainted with both candidates and can’t see in public or personal discourse how Stultz has the best interest of the children in mind. But so be it, that’s what we’ve got.

So I’ll stir the pot, who needs local school boards anyway? Isn’t there a better way to manage the schools and their funding? I have little confidence that much good comes of electing these governing bodies–what do they know about education really? None of their members seem inclined to read research. Should we go back to electing the board members at large county wide instead of by district? National standards work in other countries. Would that be better? It’s not like we are training the kids to do something completely local like, what, pick peanuts. Reading and math are for everyone.

@Nickajack parent. I totally agree that many people around here wish the public schools were homogeneous and so send their children to more homogeneous private schools, never having set foot in their neighborhood schools. I once saw here a post saying our schools are ghetto schools. I really take issue with that.