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District 7 candidates square off
by Bill Baldowski
October 31, 2012 03:32 PM | 3672 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the general election only a week away, the Clayton County Board of Education remains a priority for Clayton voters.

In the race for the District 7 school board seat, incumbent Trinia Garrett has drawn two opponents.

They are, in alphabetical order, Judy Johnson, a 50-year Clayton resident with two children who are graduates of Forest Park High School.

Also vying for the seat is Lois M. Wright, a 15-year Clayton County resident and community activist who is the mother of a Clayton public school teacher and grandmother to three Clayton students.

Garrett, who is founder of the Putting the Past Behind Us Wish Foundation, Inc., a safe haven for children who have experienced sexual abuse, said that she has a proven record of helping Clayton students and is passionate about her position on the board and, “being a voice for our children.”

“I have had many of my campaign signs removed by people who, I guess, have a personal vendetta against me,” Garrett said without identifying those she felt responsible. “That is not why any school board candidate should be on the ballot and, as for me, I am on the board because I love our children and I want to remain their voice on the board.”

Johnson, who co-owns a business with her husband, said she is the best candidate because she cares about Clayton, and has a deep-seeded interest in the county because her ancestors helped found Clayton County.

“My only agenda is the betterment of the school system, its teachers and students,” Johnson added.

“I am not influenced by any outside agent and I will do everything I can to again establish respect, responsibility and integrity to the Clayton County School System,” she said, adding she has been heavily involved in the Parent Teacher Association, has been a classroom volunteer and has worked with students and parents at Clayton State University as well as being a volunteer with the Department of Family and Children’s Services.

Wright, who is a Clayton business owner and a tax preparation specialist, said she is the best candidate because, as a business owner, she knows the advantages of establishing and maintaining a good rapport with people, “and a good working relationship is especially needed on our board as we are all here for the children,” she said.

Wright said she would work with integrity and use solid principals in all her board decisions.

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