COVINGTON - Covington resident Eddie Johnson wants to see a change on the Newton County Board of Education.
He qualified earlier this month for District 2's Board of Education seat on the Democratic ticket.
Johnson decided to run for the seat because he said he sees a "lack of leadership and lack of concern" from the current board.
"The public has lost complete confidence in the board of education," said Johnson, 63, a native of Leesburg. "I know I can do just as good, if not better. A change is needed."
If elected, the 17-year Covington resident would like to "improve the public confidences" in the board and also increase the graduation rate.
"The board is totally out of touch with reality and the will of the public," Johnson wrote in a press statement. "The parents who I have talked to feel their concerns are not addressed prior to decisions being made on their behalf."
Johnson said if elected he would engage in dialogue with the public, hold town hall discussions and be available "anytime" to discuss concerns of parents.
He also said he will determine "additional initiatives" as his campaign unfolds.
As a retired AT&T senior project manager, Johnson said that experience qualifies him to hold the office, even though he's never held an elected position.
"I have held several management positions in the New England area in the business segment," he said in his press statement, adding that he also earned a degree from Albany State University and served three years in the United States Army.
Some of his responsibilities included equipment maintenance, planning and development, budget preparations, and forecasting and labor relations and customer service, he said.
"I can use my experience to save the school system some money," he said.
In his spare time, he likes to fish and spend time with his wife and two children, who are both educators.
Johnson is the only resident to qualify on the Democratic ticket. District 2 incumbent Rickie Corley qualified on the Republican ticket. Horace Don Gresham was also running for the seat as a Republican but has withdrawn his candidacy.
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