Would Gene Walker have beaten Earnest Brown in their run-off if this was public knowledge? Would eduKALB have just endorsed Gene Walker over Ella Smith if they knew about these past incidents? Does eduKALB do any kind of background checks at all?
Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday show District 3 candidate Corey Wilson was accused of kicking his wife and putting her in a headlock in 2006. However, she later decided to not prosecute.
Wilson and his wife both referred comments to campaign spokesman Will Sellers.
“It was an argument over a financial matter. There was no physical contact,” Sellers told the AJC. “His mother had just passed away and emotions were running high. But the important thing is he was not convicted and there was no violence.”
However, courts records show Okevia Wilson's teenage daughter witnessed Corey Wilson's attack. Corey Wilson was charged with two counts of simple battery and two counts of violating the state’s family violence act, all misdemeanors.
Okevia Wilson’s daughter called police after she awoke to the sounds of a fight, she told police.She came downstairs and saw Corey Wilson holding her mother in a headlock and kicking her, according to a police report.
The couple told police the dispute started over a ticket to a football game. It ended with Corey Wilson going to jail.
Corey Wilson was scheduled for trial a year later, but his wife signed an affidavit saying she did not want to prosecute. The solicitor's office dropped the charges, but a judge still ordered Corey Wilson to attend a domestic violence intervention program.
Today's AJC metro has a Metro front page exclusive on the BOE's Jay Cunningham (this is BIG, and more great press for our embattled Board of Education):
"School Official's Record Surfaces"
The AJC article has four major points:
-Cunningham has never disclosed in any of his campaigns that in 1982, he pleaded guilty to stealing $12,500 in bank deposits from the McDonald's where he WAS STORE MANAGER! Instead of jail time, lucky for him he received six years probation instead of the 10 years in prison he could have received.
-In the past 2 years, on three different occasions police had to respond to complaints that "Cunningham engaged in threatening or violent behavior", including one with a DCSS parent. Wow. He was accused in 2008 of punching a man in the head OUTSIDE A CHURCH and pulling a gun on the same man on a separate occasion. Also, a school parent told police Cunningham threatened her at a 2009 cheerleading booster club meeting (?).
-Cunningham's attorney is Dwight Thomas. Thomas is Vernon Jones' attorney who famously called a female the same night the woman accused Vernon Jones of rape after then Chief of Police Lou Graham gave Thomas the accuser's phone number (an incredible breach of ethical behavior, and it's unfathomable that Graham and Thomas weren't criminally charged let alone Thomas losing his license to practice law).
-Cunningham's website claims he worked for McDonald's Corp for 26 years. That's kind of impossible, and if he did work for McDonald's for 26 years before the 1982 arrest, he'd have to be at least 72 years old!!
Here is an AJC Get Schooled blog post on Cunningham and his opponents:
DeKalb District 5: Incumbent Jesse “Jay” Cunningham faces two opponents in Kirk Nooks and Jacques Hall
Articles on Cunningham's pizza businesses doing business with DCSS schools:
In other DCSS news:
"Early Voting at a high" -Today's Metro section page 6 has an article about the DCSS BOE with this eye opening quote from State Senator Emanual Jones: "I think our incumbents will be voted out". Another wow.
Finally, the Brookhaven Reporter is doing a nice job covering the Chamblee High story:
-Chamblee High could receive funds to rebuild