Georgia school board elections: The morning after. Are you toasting or are you toast?

UPDATED:Now, it appears Cobb District 2 school board incumbent Holli Cash has not won, edged out by write-in and absentee ballots. So, the current winner is Republican Tim Stultz, suggesting that this GOP sweep was broad and wide.

Looks like incumbent school board member Holli Cash pulled it off in Cobb, retaining her post on the school board by 50 votes. She may be the one Democrat to have won in a metro Atlanta partisan contest last night.  (Many school board races are nonpartisan. although voters seem to know their candidate’s party affiliation regardless.)

In DeKalb, incumbent Jim Redovian and challenger Nancy Jester are headed to a runoff in District 1, as are incumbent Zepora Roberts and challenger Donna Edler in District 7.

In Fulton, Linda McCain took an impressive 70 percent of the vote in a three-way race in District 5. And the  Republicans won easy school board victories in Cherokee, Fayette and Forsyth.

Republican incumbent Bob McClure also retained his seat in Gwinnett.

I am about to catch a plane to attend an Education Trust conference in Washington on the achievement gap. I will let you know if I run into soon-to-be-ex House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wandering aimlessly on the streets talking about job creation.

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Dr NO

November 3rd, 2010
10:20 am

Have fun, stay warm and tell Ms Pelosi we said Buh Bye Now, get lost, see ya wouldnt wanna be ya, hasta la veesta baby!

DeKalb Educated

November 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

Please DeKalb Voters – we still have a chance to change the School Board in DeKalb. Send Zepora home and elect Donna Edler. We cannot have a woman like Zepora on the School Board – someone who threatens others. We need a change. We need ethical, thoughtful School Board Members. Our children deserve a better board. Our Teachers deserve better leadership. We need people who will be accountable for our tax dollars. Do something right so we can begin to fix this mess that is our school system.

Proud Black Man

November 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

@ Dr NO

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Don’t come up with any excuses when your rethuglican idols disappoint you now.

Aiken Faque

November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

Frankly, voters quite often get what they deserve, or want. Agenda driven, ax grinding, incompetent candidates. If the American people really objected to the antics that elected officials get into, then the results would be different.

The sad part about all this is that only a handful of voters really care enough to do something about it.

The best part about this election is that it will give cartoonists, political pundits, and comedians a lot of new material.

Nickajack Parent

November 3rd, 2010
11:27 am

We are proud of you, Holli! You are a voice that represents ALL parents and all children in SE Cobb county. Thank you for everything you’ve done for our school!

Cere

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Funny image Maureen – “soon-to-be-ex House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wandering aimlessly on the streets talking about job creation” — I’m enjoying that visual. Truly though, if we don’t get some “job creation” aka – “convince the banks to actually lend some money” — then we are doomed.

I was watching a video showing the gorgeous high speed rail they’ve constructed in China. It made me really ill – the US is not keeping up – and we’re in deep denial about that.

Former Springdale Park Elementary Parent

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

Hey, Maureen–this blog is in jeopardy of becoming irrelevant. So long as you allow unmoderated comments (like “republicans suck”), why would parents and educators want to come here to try to discuss serious issues? So far, you and your bosses at the AJC have tried the classic Atlanta Public Schools approach: misuse a little bit of technology (the dreaded Filter) and pretend like everything’s okay when it’s not.

You’re better than that. Tell your bosses that this blog is too important and too popular to be left to the trolls. And do it before Khaatim El tries to take it over! : )

xoxo always, though–

Maureen Downey

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

@Springdale, The problem is that when I ask posters about using a heavier had to remove comments, they urge me to let comments stand, that they would rather deal with offensive comments themselves. Again, much of this will change when we move to comment registration whereby folks have to use authentic e-mails to comment although they can still use screen names. I think that will resolve a lot of the inane comments.
Maureen

P.S. My bosses leave the comment removal to me. Their concern is really readership rather than comments. I may try using the polling tool on this blog to see what regular readers think about more comment removals of silly stuff.

Roach

November 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

No elections in Clayton County–all SB candidates running unopposed.

Grizz

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Local school board elections are important, as any look at AJC headlines about APS and DeKalb indicate. However, with the sweep of top state offices by Republicans and a complete stranglehold on the legislature, I look for a stronger call for vouchers and other questionable schemes that would once again impact public education in a negative way.

East Atlanta Native

November 3rd, 2010
11:44 am

School board elections should be non-partisan. Just common sense. (By the way, I hope you;re right Grizz. We need some help in Georgia schools, and school choice might be the ticket.)

Dr. John Trotter

November 3rd, 2010
11:59 am

People will elect whom they want to elect. This is what makes this country great! We are in trouble when the elite and the effete think that they can anoint leaders for the people. Andrew Jackson, I think, was quite uncouth when he was elected President of the United States. He did a pretty good job, though he had his sophisticated critics as well. Full disclosure: His worst actions were in how in treated the Native Americans.

Gail Buckner apparently thought that she could wage a successful write-in campaign against Sandra G. Scott in Clayton County for the State House. (She launched this campaign after she was soundly defeated by Goerganna Sinkfield for Secretary of State.) Buckner received, I think, 3.74% of the vote. Now I guess that she and husband Charles can move to North Georgia permanently. The folks just didn’t want her. They like Sandra Scott. For all of Sandra’s shortcomings (and we all have them), being candid is not one of hers. Mrs. Scott is wide open, and the people who know her like her and get a kick out of her ways. She’s real, and she would never pass an AJC Editorial Board vetting. Heck, I used to recruit candidates all the time and tell them to ignore any AJC or News/Daily endorsement processes. In fact, I would get mad if I thought that they were even considering going to an interview. It was a waste of time when the candidates could be putting up signs, licking stamps, and knocking on doors. And we won a heap of races in Clayco. A heap of races, and it seems that the AJC folk kept getting more and more put out with me for ignoring them.

I love politics. It’s the grand stage, whether it is City Council races or Presidential politics. I was glued mainly to CNN last night after watching the local new stations (mainly WSB-TV, sister company to the AJC within the Cox Family). I haven’t put up a sign in two or three election cycles. (But, I did put up thousands and thousands in the past, staying up to the wee hours of the morning — or sometimes staying out all night.) I don’t do any day-to-day campaign stuff anymore. Just some consulting from time-to-time. Mr. Norreese Haynes actually worked Ms. Scott’s campaign, although I am sure that I will be blamed for it! Norreese could get elected any time he wanted to in Clayco. I watch him at grocery stores, at the QT stations, etc., and I see people seeking him out. Coming up and wanting to talk. People like him! When he sent out a letter in his old school board district (now held by Alieka Anderson) endorsing Sandra Scott, Mrs. Scott won those precincts overwhelmingly.

Yes, little Markie Elgart simply doesn’t understand politics. He just gets mad and tries to use SACS as a political tool to take out those elected officials whom the people put in office. What is wrong with fighting and bickering on the school board? That is the way it is supposed to be. This is the political process. I say, “Fight like h_ll on the school boards.” Maybe then the truth will emerge. I am for nasty, clumsy, and messy democracy. (Didn’t Andrew Jackson fight constantly with Congressional leader Henry Clay?) Mark Elgart must prefer the neater and more efficient autocracy or oligarchy. Not me. I prefer the mess.

Dr. John Trotter

November 3rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Maureen: Don’t pay any attention to whiners. There’s nothing wrong with this blog. It’s great! You do a great job. Whiners like to play with your mind…just to stir up stuff. I am happy with the blog because you essentially let the bloggers (though sometimes the same person under different names, but this too is OK) do the posting.

Geez

November 3rd, 2010
12:10 pm

Dang, Trotter. It’s a blog, not a dissertation!

Dr. John Trotter

November 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

Yeah, I know. My dissertation at UGA ended up being nearly 300 pages — and with no computers in those days! Ha!

Dr. John Trotter

November 3rd, 2010
12:20 pm

Geez: Try to learn to speed read and then multi-sentence thoughts will not be so intimidating. Read more than one word or one sentence at a time. Try to read chunks of thought at one time. Read several sentences at one time. After a while, it will become easier for you to do, and then paragraphs of thought will not be so frightening to you.

Realist

November 3rd, 2010
12:50 pm

If you run into Pelosi, make sure its with a big heavy car.

Cindy Lutenbacher

November 3rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Maureen, I hope you’re taking your skeptic’s glasses with you to Ed Trust. They’re a front for the testing dementia corps. Follow the money, please, and you will be less inclined to believe those who claim to be “for the students.”

Go Figure

November 3rd, 2010
1:12 pm

I dont want to hear one *%$# gripe or complaint out of parents in DeKalb County – especially the South DeKalb area! You had the chance and choice to elect better school board members and you re-elect Sarah Wood and Jay Cunningham and Gene Walker! Ms. Woods is a complete and total embarrasment! Hopefully Roberts and Redovian lose their seats in the runoff. You are showing you really DO NOT care about your children’s education. You would rather play the blame game.

Go Figure

November 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

@ Realist – Love your comment about Pelosi! I laughed out loud!

Burroughston Broch

November 3rd, 2010
1:20 pm

I am very please that DeKalb incumbent Jim Redovian came in second, and I am looking forward to voting for his competition in the runoff. Mr. Redovian is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

On the flip side, I am discouraged that all of the other DeKalb incumbents were re-elected, save one. Voters are still not focusing on the obvious problems in the DeKalb Schools.

chillywilly

November 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

@Go Figure – I agree with your opinion of Sarah Woods. She not only looks like a fool, but acts like one as well. And yes, she is an embarrassment. I’m surprised that Jay Cunningham was reelected, but his opponents were two misinformed clowns, in my opinion. I’ve never cared for Gene Walker and feel that the Board of Ed is just a hobby for him.

Fled

November 3rd, 2010
1:33 pm

republicans suck. What’s inane about the truth?

Cobb Mom

November 3rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Enter your comments here

Cobb Mom

November 3rd, 2010
1:43 pm

Not so fast. With only a 50-point spread (and “problems” with 11,000 absentee ballots) this school board race is FAR from over. Many of us still have hope that Cash’s days of affecting our children by having a position on our school board will be OVER. Still praying…

tim

November 3rd, 2010
1:57 pm

2900 votes for Zephora?? A racist, wanna be thug woman who only attends 60% of school board meetings. Is that the best ya got Dekalb voters? Are you showing your lack of class or is she just like any one of you who voted for her?? But then again…..it’s Dekalb County.

East cobb Parent

November 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

I must say that the folks I spoke to did not want to see Holli Cash again. I agree with Cobb Mom a 50 pt spread is not something to brag about. Folks feel sorry for Cash’s kids and she may received a few sympathy votes that way. Maureen, watch a few Cobb board meetings and even you will have difficulty finding something positive to say about Cash. She practically drools over Sanderson, sets women back 200 years. Let’s see she has been known to say that she votes the way she feels is right because her constituents are not smart enough to know what they need, votes to spend money that isn’t there, brings her pom poms to meetings, voted to combine % of exceeds and meets on CRCT for reporting purposes the list goes on and on.

Concerned 2

November 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm

Dekalb parents voted for who they wanted just like Georgians did…nothing has essentially changed. I was shocked when Barack Obama became President. I did not think it could happen in America. I was not surprised by midterm elections. Republicans control corporate boards and would not assist in job creation; just profit taking. Now, we’ll see if they are going to just lip talk and just destroy health care reform or are they going to create jobs for Americans.

Thank God for the right to vote in America. Thank God for regular people who try to do the right thing be they democrats or republicans or otherwise. The Republicans will have to produce results or they’ll be thrown out with their tea bags and all. We’re still a red state and we are still in the red. Go figure.

Angela

November 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

DCSS – Lord help us all with Z. Roberts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angela

November 3rd, 2010
2:27 pm

@Concerned 2,

I just wonder how is Deal going to pay off his millions of debt. We all better be concerned now that Georgia has so called SPOKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Drewa

November 3rd, 2010
2:45 pm

Maureen check out Post 2 school board race in Cobb. Hollie Cash just lost!

Cheryl Matthews

November 3rd, 2010
3:29 pm

It’s a Great Day when ELECTIONS are determined by VOTERS not endorsements, blogs or negative press. I love America. I love it when endorsements backfire. Maybe we can now get to the important stuff ” educating all of the children”.

Bye Bye Holli

November 3rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Too bad Maureen your friend Holli is NOT a Cobb school board member after all!!!!!!! Hooray and how scary that these absentee ballots were not counted until the whistle was BLOWN!!!!!!!!!

http://us.mg203.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner=sbc&.gx=1&.rand=52fa5dljkq3kq

Moving Fast

November 3rd, 2010
3:53 pm

Right out of DeKalb – anyone know a good realtor? What a joke after all the incompetent, mis-management issues that the DCSS has had to deal with this year, the electorate puts these self-serving idiots back into office. It was our chance DeKalb. Try again, get rid of Zepora and maybe Sarah C-W will shut up. When your taxes go up and the teachers leave in mass due to terrible administration of the County, look in the mirror and blame yourselves. What is sad, the South DeKalb voters are taking North DeKalb down the drain.

Holli Cash lost

November 3rd, 2010
3:57 pm

no mas

November 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

I wonder if the North DeKalb charter cluster movements will now pick up steam? Would not surprise me at all. Then we move into secession mode…

fultonschoolsparent

November 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

“Linda McCain took an impressive 70%” – Does anybody know how a former substitute teacher going up against a long time classroom teacher and a person with a science background, not only wins, but wins big? Did I miss some thing stupendous about her, or was it just her last name?!

Maureen Downey

November 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

@Holli, Just got off a plane and saw the shift in the winner in District 2 and have changed blogs. Wonder if she will challenge results?
Maureen

carter is a fool

November 3rd, 2010
6:00 pm

The election is over and I am now praying for the best for our state. I did this after the community organizer won, however things are not better for our country. He has taken us in the wrong direction.

I pray that Deal learns to manage money and to avoid any more crooked Deals. I pray that he does not follow the lead of Governor GoFish who sold us all for a fishing pond and a few other shady deals.

Georgia needs leadership in Education which has been gutted under Governor GoFish. We need to restore funding, but not just spend money wildly. We need to invest in Education. We need to support our teachers on the front lines and reward the best by restoring funding for National Board Certification. We need to find fair tax policies and work to find a partnership to educate our students and lift them out of last place. We do not need more of the bickering, blame the teachers and disrespect from our leaders and legislature. No tricky moves to cut teacher pensions or to sneak in a merit pay scheme that is not well thought out and is just plain unfair.

Cousin Booger

November 3rd, 2010
6:02 pm

Dr. Trotter, I agree with with those d-mn fools; you are too snarky sometimes! But, you are sooooooooooooooo right! So be snaky Cous! Be snarky! Heedabeedahoohoo!!!

Norreese Haynes

November 3rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Congratulations to you, The Honorouble Sandra G. Scott, on your election to the Georgia House of Representatives. I just talked with Representative Darryl Jordan who received nearly 90% of the vote out of Clayton County. You guys ought to have a good time serving together. I suppose that Rep. Jordan is also part of that bogus “outside influence” to which Mark Elgart alluded. Y’all be sure to invite Elgart to your inaugural parties, OK?!

another comment

November 3rd, 2010
6:31 pm

Holli Cash basically ran against her self. I live in district 2, and Only saw one sign at 285 and Paces Ferry Rd. yesterday for Tim Stultz. He didn’t even have any signs up near the Polling places or on the main routes to the schools. If he would have campaigned a little bit more he would have won by bigger margins. Holli had her signs out near the polling places and near the schools. She tried to use a play on her last name like she was going to get CASH for the schools. Thank goodness she lost. All along I was wondering where Eric was, now lets pray he actually does something on the board. Lets hope we just didn’t vote against Holli being the worst board member. Now will she resign from the PTA membership comittee. Will Carson stop ruining the High School experience for everyone else.

catlady

November 3rd, 2010
6:40 pm

We (citizens of Georgia, at least the non-wealthy ones) are ALL toast!

Drew

November 3rd, 2010
6:52 pm

@ Maureen Don’t think you can pick up a thousand votes on a recount…..They did not put in the mail in votes correctly…. Hollie is a bad joke who is going to go away and guess what I don’t care if she goes away mad. lol

mcc

November 3rd, 2010
7:12 pm

I am sick over the DCSS results – how in the world did Sarah Copelin-Wood(s?) and Zepora Roberts get more votes than anyone running against them? I live in SCW’s district; there were lots of people at the polls when I voted. I am so let down by my fellow citizens and neighbors in Dekalb. I wonder how many people just chose the incumbent because they were not adequately informed. Ugh!!!

Lee

November 3rd, 2010
7:59 pm

John Trotter = Cousin Booger = Norreese Haynes

How big of a loser do you have to be to come onto a blog and talk to yourself?

You know, if I was in the business of trying to drum up members on an education blog, I would lay off the psychopathic entries.

Lee

November 3rd, 2010
8:02 pm

“I am about to catch a plane to attend an Education Trust conference in Washington on the achievement gap.”

Let me know if they ever mention IQ and achievement. Until they do, they can have all the conferences they want and they will never figure it out.

Concerned APS Parent

November 3rd, 2010
8:11 pm

@Former Springdale Park Elementary Parent, I see that you are now a former parent. Since you are not attending this new state of the art expensive APS school, where are your guys at? Anywhere in APS, private? another school system?

Dr. John Trotter

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 pm

Sandra G. Scott received over 95% of the vote in her race for the State House of Representatives. Her opponent, Gail Buckner, is a former State Representative. She was beaten badly this summer in the Democratic Primary for Secretary of State by Georganna Sinkfield. Then, she tried to take back her house seat in a well-publicized and apparently well-financed campaign against Mrs. Scott, but she was beaten soundly at the polls. Buckner only received 3.74% of the votes. The voters must not like her. They sent a message: We like Sandra Scott!

Some bloggers on Kimberly Allen’s Clayton.Talk on the AJC were very nasty to Sandra Scott. Darn! I guess that her voters don’t read this blog. Hmm. I guess that this puts the blogs in perspective. They’re fun but not terribly influential. Hmm. I have been saying this for years. The blogs are for entertainment. They’re not political tools. I have friends who are political addicts, and they could not even begin to tell me how to get on this blog — or any blog for that matter. They just don’t get on blogs. Now perhaps it’s different in Lullwater/Emory or East Cobb or Alpharetta/Milton. But, heck, I’m just a Southside Boy, and I know how Southsiders think.