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Seat 8 at-large Atlanta Board of Education candidates Q&A
by Megan Thornton
November 26, 2013 10:31 AM | 2020 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cynthia Briscoe Brown
Cynthia Briscoe Brown
Reuben McDaniel
Reuben McDaniel
Editor’s note: Cynthia Briscoe Brown and incumbent Reuben McDaniel are battling for the Seat 8 at-large Atlanta Board of Education position in Tuesday’s nonpartisan runoff election.

o Name, age: Cynthia Briscoe Brown, 52

o Occupation: Attorney

o Education: bachelor’s degree in modern literature and religion from Davidson College, 1983; law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1986

o Political experience: First time running for public office; has served as a leader on parent groups

o Family: husband Jim; children Caroline, 21, and Palmer, 17

o Why are you the best choice? “I’m the only candidate whose children have attended APS schools K-12 without interruption. My breadth and depth of perspective come from years of service citywide at every level. I have the knowledge of where we’ve been, appreciation of where we are, and new ideas to move us together into a brighter future for each and every child.”

o Top three issues: Develop a cohesive, coherent APS vision and mission, hire a superintendent who collaborates with the board and all stakeholders and put APS’ financial house in order

o Net campaign funds through Oct. 25: $1,364.20  ($28,036.00 received, $26,671.80 spent)

o Campaign website:

o Name, age: Reuben McDaniel III, 52

o Occupation: president and CEO of Atlanta-based asset management company RM Capital Management

o Education: bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1984; master’s degree in finance from the University of Texas, 1988.

o Political experience: Elected in 2009; served as the school board chairman for past two years

o Family: one daughter

o Why are you the best choice? “I’ve spent a lot of time working throughout the city. While my daughter goes to North Atlanta High School, I’m interested in educating the entire city. … For the past two years I have been chair, we have had a board that truly is taking the collective nine opinions and making them into policy. … We are challenging the issues, not just signing off on them. “Once we come up with a path, we move lockstep with that path.”

Top issues: improving graduation rates and having a responsible fiscal 2014 budget

o Net campaign funds through Oct. 25: $10,442.57 net cash on hand ($73,264.00 received, $62,821.43 spent)

Campaign website:

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