The incumbents have cited extensive training from the Georgia School Board Association on governance matters along with their focus on rebuilding the public’s trust as reasons for their re-election bid.
“I believe in the servant leadership role, and I serve on behalf of the students and constituents,” Smith said. “I have not been or will be influenced by individuals or special-interest groups. I do not have a hidden agenda.”
Garrett said her re-election “would bring stability to a team that has grown in the area of governance and has a priority to improve student achievement.”
But the challengers say new board members would be a better course of action for the school system.
“I am running to give the voters the opportunity to elect someone able to restore respect, responsibility and integrity back to the position,” Johnson said. “We need positive influences in our children’s lives. Each child deserves the very best education. Clayton County must be able to provide a system that will produce graduates ready to enter adulthood with a foundation in learning that will allow them to be productive in the workforce and effective as parents of the next generation.”
Christmas says his business management degree and work in the Clayton school system in various capacities gives him unique insight into the district’s needs.