So did Sid Chapman, a teacher who is on leave while serving as president of the Georgia Association of Educators. The Griffin resident is endorsed by former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes and by his own association, which represents tens of thousands of teachers, school administrators and other educators.
A third Democrat, Samuel F. Mosteller, is a former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Georgia. The DeKalb County resident said he worked as a police chief, a criminal justice professor and a Christian school headmaster in DeKalb after service in the U.S. Army. He cited several endorsements from lawmakers, including Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain.
Mitchell said Mosteller, a minister, “has a long, distinguished career and involvement in civil rights and civic activism.”
A fourth challenger, Sonia Francis-Rolle, is the lone Republican looking to unseat Woods. The south Fulton resident is an educational consultant and former public school teacher. She said she was not ready to release endorsements.
Republican incumbent Woods, a former teacher and school administrator, won election to the statewide office in 2014. He announced on his blog in April that he planned to run for re-election, but the blog hasn’t been updated to reflect any endorsements.
The state superintendent, the highest-ranking elected educational officer, runs the state Department of Education, which measures school performance, assists lagging schools and distributes about $9 billion in state money to local school districts.