Mansfield resident Stan Edwards plans to run for District 1 BOE

Stan Edwards (Special photo)

Stan Edwards (Special photo)

MANSFIELD — Mansfield resident Stan Edwards has announced that he plans to run for the District 1 Board of Education seat now that current BOE member Jeff Meadors has announced he will not seek re-election next year.

“My family and I decided that I would seek the District 1 BOE seat because we love Newton County, want to enable real education for our children, and while doing so, make Newton County a viable contender for companies like Baxter and their employees,” Edwards said in a written announcement.

He said that after Meadors’ announcement that he would not seek another term on the board, several citizens groups from both inside and outside District 1 encouraged him to run.

“I believe there has never been a more crucial period for the educational system in Newton County, particularly District 1, than now,” Edwards said. “The fact that a company like Baxter chose to drop roots in District 1 only adds to the excitement and energy around the district, as well as the challenges.”

He said that as a member of the Board of Education, he will be prepared to make tough decisions that may not always be popular.

“I am willing to sit at the table that makes those decisions and be a strong voice for fiscal conservatism using innovation and collaboration as weapons to navigate difficult scenarios,” he said.

The 49-year-old Edwards said he brings an understanding and passion for both the private sector and public sector education. He has worked for almost 30 years with AT&T, where he has managed a domestic and international organization for AT&T. He is now a project manager for that same organization and has managed large occupational and management teams with AT&T.

His wife, Leslie, is teacher at Flint Hill Elementary School.

“Because my wife teaches in and my kids attend Newton County schools, I have a front-row seat to the challenges facing students, teachers and administrators,” he said.

Edwards has a bachelor’s in business/management from the University of Phoenix and is pursuing an MBA. He has also graduated from several AT&T corporate leadership programs. He serves as the vice president of the executive board of directors for Project ReNeWal, the battered women’s shelter that serves Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties, and served from 2006-2008 as the Republican representative to the Newton County Board of Elections. He and his family are active members of Eastridge Community Church.