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District 4 Atlanta Board of Education candidates Q&A
October 30, 2013 09:46 AM | 1696 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Taryn Chilivis Bowman
Taryn Chilivis Bowman
Nancy Meister
Nancy Meister
Editor’s note: Taryn Chilivis Bowman faces incumbent Nancy Meister for the District 4 Atlanta Board of Education seat in the Nov. 5 nonpartisan election. The district represents all Buckhead public schools.

o Name, age: Taryn Chilivis Bowman, 45

o Occupation: former small business owner working as a production accountant in the motion picture industry

o Education: bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business from Southern Methodist University

o Political experience: First time running for public office

o Family: husband Pete; children Annabelle, 9, Noelle, 7, Daley-Nicole, 6

o Why are you the best choice? “I am the best person [for the District 4 post] because of my previous experience. I have a strong financial background. I have been involved with multimillion dollar budgets and making sure that big productions come in on time and on budget. My experience on what I bring to this board is huge because of my financial background. APS should be ashamed of how they manager taxpayer dollars.”

o Top three issues: selecting a top new superintendent, localizing the district’s budget (allocating more funds from the central office to individual schools) and reducing class sizes

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $1,505

o Campaign website:

o Name, age: Nancy Meister, 51

o Occupation: real estate broker with Beacham & Co.

o Education: bachelor’s degree in marketing/management from Bentley College, 1985

o Political experience: elected in 2009 and running for second term

o Family: husband Steve; children Mathew, 22, and Andrew, 21

o Why are you the best choice? “I am the best choice for District 4 because I have advocated and voted in the best interest of not only District 4, but APS as a whole. This experience is necessary for the progression of APS. I believe our community needs a board member who has stuck to their principles, has voted in the best interest of the community, and who advocates for policies that will push APS to new heights. Our children deserve this.”

o Top three issues: budgetary concerns, selecting a top new superintendent and implementing new de-centralization policies.

o Net campaign funds through Sept. 30: $10,229

o Campaign website:

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