By World Staff (www.atlantadailyworld.com)
Two candidates for the Atlanta School Board, District 2, will be on the ballot for the run-off election that is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The two candidates are making calls to voters thanking them for their support and asking them to return to the polls.
The two candidates are Angela Brown, a community organizer and resident of the West End area, and Byron Amos a businessman, community leader, and PTA president in Atlanta Public Schools. The two are vying for the seat that was vacated by Khaatim El, who left the Atlanta School Board to take a job out of state. Brown won the most votes in the Nov. 8 special election that approved Sunday alcohol sales in Atlanta and several counties throughout the metro Atlanta area.
Brown has been endorsed by several leaders in the community, including Sen. Vincent Fort of District 39. She has also been endorsed by Vonda Henry of the historic West End area, and Rev. Dr. Riggins Earl of Mozley Park.
Amos, a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, is a husband, father of four children, who all attend APS and has been a community leader in the northwest Atlanta area for nearly 20 years.
Both candidates were lukewarm on charter schools and have denounced the cheating scandal that still plagues Atlanta Public Schools and may cost taxpayers some $16 million.
Amos has also voiced concern for “holding the superintendent accountable” and working with the community to “rebuild our school system and make our children proud.” Both advocate for more parental involvement and more protection our children. As Sen. Fort put it, “Angela has served for over 20 years as a community and youth organizer, teaching young people how to be leaders in their communities.”
Amos said “parents must be invited to participate in a meaningful way in the education of their children.” He believes that children are our future and promises to “work hard to welcome community partners to participate in the educational process.”
Remember if you are in District 2 of the Atlanta School Board, then you will have to return to the polls on Tuesday, Dec. 8. If you didn’t vote in the Nov. 8 election, you can still vote in the Dec. 8 run-off election, and you don’t have to declare a party affiliation.