Runoff candidate Q and A: Atlanta Board of Education District 5

By Maggie Lee

Parts of Atlanta’s west and northwest side will get a new Board of Education member in a runoff that begins soon. The two candidates say some things are going well — but it’s time to address equity and look hard at finances in the system.

Erika Mitchell and Raynard Johnson finished with 25 percent and 18 percent of the first-round vote respectively for District 5.  Click to read the Q and A with each:

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Early voting begins Nov. 27 in various locations and different times in Fulton and DeKalb. The election is Dec. 5.

The schools in District 5 are:

Elementary Schools: Adamsville Primary, Beecher Hills, Bolton Academy, Boyd, Connally, Fain, Grove Park Intermediate, Miles Intermediate, Peyton Forest, Scott, Towns, Usher-Collier Heights, Westside Atlanta (K-4), West Manor, Woodson Primary

Middle Schools: Harper-Archer, Young

High Schools: Benjamin E. Mays, The West End Academy

Single Gender Schools: B.E.S.T. Academy (6-12), Coretta Scott King Academy (6-12)

 

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.

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