EduKALB today announced its endorsements in the DeKalb school board races, taking a pass in the District 4 contest in which incumbent M. Paul Womack Jr. faces three challengers, Jim McMahan, Jim Kinney and Tom Gilbert.
How valuable are such endorsements? Hard to tell. In elections held in the dead of summer, turnout seems to be the most critical factor.
I am assuming that the lack of an endorsement in District 4 reflects the lack of consensus on the best choice. As an editorial writer involved in endorsements for 12 years, we had a hard and fast rule that we could not deadlock: Voters had to make a choice so we had to as well. It can be tough in races where everyone offers something worthwhile or in races where there is no good option. Having met all four candidates for District 4, I am assuming that this is a case of the former.
A chamber-led group of business and community leaders that organized in response to the school system chaos, eduKALB endorsed five school board candidates last year. Of the five it endorsed, only two won their seats, incumbent Gene Walker in District 9 and newcomer Donna Edler in District 7.
Here is the group’s choices in the remaining three races this year:
District 2: Marshall Orson
District 6: Denise E. McGill
District 8: Pam Speaks (Incumbent.)
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog
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