RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WTOC) — With elementary school only weeks away, the community heard from all of the Bryan County School Board nominees for the first time on Monday night.
14 candidates are vying for a seat in this race. With all of the Oversight Committee members facing throughout the pandemic, this is an important election for the community.
The Bryan County Board of Elections has confirmed that Kate Strickland is the first independent candidate to qualify to run for a spot on the Bryan County Board. She is running for president and has said health and safety are her two main areas of concern.
“I’m not happy and when mum is not happy, mum does it herself,” said independent presidential candidate Kate Strickland.
Since Strickland is not affiliated with any political party, she said she still needed more than 1,000 signatures to stand in the November ballot. That doesn’t stop him.
“I’m a concerned parent, nurse practitioner…everyone seems to trust me with their kids and I hope the rest of the county feels the same way,” Strickland said.
Teresa Timmons is also a presidential candidate. Timmons said a big reason she’s running is because of a new movement that has sprung up during the pandemic.
“Truth in Education – this is a group that has made allegations and they want the books banned,” Timmons said, “As you know, no group in history that has banned the books has been good…that’s fascism.”
The WTOC contacted the two Republican presidential candidates ahead of the Republican school board forum last month.
There are four seats up for grabs in this race – President, District 1, District 4 and District 5. All candidates were grouped by position in downtown Richmond Hill.
“It’s a chance for you to hear the candidates’ positions and make an informed decision at the ballot box,” the moderator said.
A packed house of people came out to see how each candidate tackled the issues, including Superintendent Paul Brooksher.
The only candidate missing tonight was District 5 incumbent David Schwartz. Each of the remaining 13 candidates were asked four questions ranging from what makes a school board candidate to changing the budget and improving the quality of education.
A few candidates brought up the $100,000 increase in the superintendent’s salary since 2019. Some said he deserved it and others said there were better ways to spend the money.
In closing, the candidates said retaining the right teachers, seeing children as individuals, and focusing on mental health are ways to continue improving education in one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. ‘State.
The Richmond Hill Bryan County Chamber of Commerce hosted tonight’s forum. They’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the candidates. You can read it below:
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