Local race to be decided in primary voting
Six candidates vying for three Coweta BOE seats
by Sarah Fay Campbell
There are six candidates running for three seats on the Coweta County Board of Education: Districts 1, 3 and 4. The school board races will be included on the Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan ballots for the May 20 primary and nonpartisan election. However, because they are district seats, not all Cowetans will see these races on their ballots.
Early voting continues this week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Coweta County Voter Registration Office at 22 East Broad Street in Newnan. Polling places throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, May 20.
In District 1, covering southwestern Coweta, incumbent Amy Dees is being challenged by Monica Terrell.
Dees was first elected in 2010. She has four children who attend or have attended public schools and is a children’s book author and an advocate for increased parental involvement in schools.
Terrell is a former teacher with 10 years of experience. She has taught at Eastside Elementary School as well as at schools in Fulton, Troup, Meriwether and Douglas counties. She’s currently a stay-at-home mom to her three daughters, all Coweta students. She serves as chairman of East Coweta High School’s council.
In District 3, covering northwestern and north central Coweta, incumbent Harry Mullins is being challenged by Jan Horne.
Mullins has served on the school board non-consecutively for 20 years. His wife and daughter are teachers. Mullins is employed with Southern Company Generation.
Horne is a professional videographer with her own business. For the past eight years, she has produced the East Coweta High School football show. Two of her three grandchildren will be attending Coweta County schools.
In District 4, which covers northeastern Coweta, incumbent Graylin Ward is being challenged by Linda Menk.
Ward is an attorney and a member of the city of Newnan’s Downtown Development Authority. He has three children who attended Coweta County public schools. Ward was appointed to the school board in 2008 to fill the seat vacated by Brian Roy.
Menk works in commercial lending and is coordinator of the Coweta Tea Party Patriots. She serves as second vice chair for the Coweta County Republican Party and is on the executive committee for the Republican Party’s Third Congressional District.