Monday, September 27, 2010

Candidate Forums

Below is a listing of upcoming candidate forums - if anyone has a forum to add, please let us know!  The election is only 5 weeks away - so sit up and pay attention!  Plan to attend as many debates and forums as you can!

Tuesday, September 28 @ 6:30pm - 

Dunwoody City Hall, City Council Chambers
41 Perimeter Center East,
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Sponsor - eduKALB

Thursday, October 7 @ 6:30pm

Location - DeKalb Medical Center, Central Campus,
2701 North Decatur Road,
Decatur, GA 30033,
Hospital Theatre, Ground Floor, Main Building
Co-sponsors -
DeKalb County League of Women Voters,
The Champion & Free Press and eduKALB

Saturday, October 9 @ 11am
Location - St. Martin's Episcopal Church
Ashford Dunwoody Road
Candidates' Fair
hosted by -
Ashford Alliance Community Association

Thursday, October 21 @ 7pm
Location - Dresden Elementary School
Sponsored by -
The Dresden East Civic Association (DECA)

Tuesday, October 26 @ 7pm
Location - Dunwoody United Methodist Church
1538 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, GA
Sponsored by -
The Dunwoody Homeowners Association

Thursday, October 28 @ 12pm (noon)
Location - Dunwoody branch of the DeKalb Public Library,
located 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road,
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Bring your lunch - beverages will be provided
Sponsored by -
The Dunwoody Chamblee Parents Council


South DeKalb Parent said...

Will there not be any Candidate Forums further south in DeKalb than those listed? At the very least, I would have thought eduKALB, as a PAC, would want to promote/increase S DeKalb parent participation and knowledge of the candidates. I hope to hear of more dates/venues, but thank you for listing what is here so far.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed also that there is such a lack of Candidate Forums further south in DeKalb. I did go to Corey Wilson's website:

Here are the events he will be speaking at:

Cerebration said...

eduKALB already hosted a forum in south DeKalb - we printed a report on it from our friendly blogger in S. DeKalb here -

Here is the original post at S DeKalb blog -

If anyone knows of another event, please post it in the comments and we will add it to the main post.

Cerebration said...

Cory Wilson will be at the following churches in the upcoming weeks if you would like to meet and speak with him --

9/19 Mt. Patmos
Candler Rd, Decatur, Ga.

9/26 New Life
Snap Finger Rd, Decatur, Ga.

10/3 Traveler's Rest
Flat Shoals Rd, Decatur, Ga.

10/10 New Birth
Off of Evans Mill, Lithonia, Ga.

10/17 Peace Baptist/Beulah

10/24 Greater Piney Grove (7:15 a.m.)
Glenwood Ave Atlanta, Ga.

10/24 Hillside Presbyterian Church (11:00 am)
Columbia Dr, Decatur, Ga.

10/31 St. Phillips AME
Memorial Dr, Decatur, Ga.

Cerebration said...

Our friendly S. DeKalb blogger recently posted this interesting article about past school board elections -

South DeKalb Parent said...

Thank you for the clarification, Cerebration. It is still disheartening to see only the one forum so far. More disheartening that the only incumbent to attend the S DeKalb forum was Jay Cunningham. eduKALB's Facebook page has stated that they plan to post video of the forum online for viewing. I hope that they do so soon.

Anonymous said...

Here's Donna Elders website:

On her website she says she is a cancer survivor and stay-at-home mom of 3 children, one at the University of Vermont and the other two in DeKalb Schools.

Look at her background:
"I earned a Master of Science degree in Business specializing in real estate appraisal and investment analysis from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with national accounting firm experience. I bring a long and valuable list of professional experience to the table as a commercial and public entity real estate appraiser and consultant. My professional experience also includes federal government service. As a contract investigator, I investigated allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting. As an accountant, I reviewed, tested and recommended internal accounting and operational controls for receiverships, conservatorships and satellite offices. As an asset specialist, I served as oversight manager for contractors responsible for the liquidation of Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) acquired assets where I provided oversight for a $180 million real estate portfolio and a $162 million loan portfolio, both entailing affordable housing issues and multi-family properties. "

She's running against Zepora Roberts.

Anonymous said...

I think PTAs could band together to sponsor a forum as well.

You don't really need to invite all the candidates, just the ones that the parents in your area can vote for.

Anonymous said...

St Martin's Episcopal?--it has a darn private school in it.

I'm not sure about doing a public school candidate forum at a private school.

Anonymous said...

The forum at Sr. Martins is for all candidates who will be on the ballot in the area that Ashford Alliance represents. The school board election is just one of those. In fact, in the past the alliance has included state as well as local candidates.

Since you hope you get a large crowd, you have to go for a large enough space to hold them.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Could you tell me what to ask my child? I am sure the teacher isn't calling it a benchmark to the kids. I am curious, but would love to know exactly what to ask them.

Anonymous said...

Your child's teacher may be calling them a pretest and a posttest. They are likely to be administered back to back, so your child would have two reading tests and two math tests in a VERY short time period. I hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

The benchmarks are back at Briarlake.

Anonymous said...

Benchmarks are also 10 questions - at least in elementary school- and they had been doing them on a bubble sheet. They are in math and reading in elementary.

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 5:46

"Benchmarks are also 10 questions - at least in elementary school- and they had been doing them on a bubble sheet. They are in math and reading in elementary."

"Bubble in" is what we used to do when I was in elementary school in the 1950s (Is anyone else old enough to remember this?). MIS is trying to meet what Instruction (Morcease Beasley) is asking them to do.

Anonymous said...

Regardless if you support old blood or new on the board, to win a seat takes money. Candidates need to reach out and share their views with voters who actually show up at the polls (and may not be following this or any other school related blog).

It will be interesting to see the September 30 required Campaign Disclosure Reports. At this point neither the incumbents nor their challengers have received much funding. If you're serious about supporting the DeKalb County public school system, you need to step up soon with your checkbook.

Cynical? Yes!

Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post. After meeting and hearing from Dr. Kirk Nooks, he has my full support. He’s running out of District 5 and his website is at

Ella Smith said...

There is a forum at South Dekalb High School coming up sponsored by the PTA and Crossroads newspaper.

I will have to look it up and get back to you but it is coming up in the next 1 1/2.

Anonymous said...

DECA's forum on October 21 will be for Board of Education District 1 candidates. All three have confirmed.