Atlanta (WAOK)-Byron Amos, Angela Brown, Dwanda Farmer, Michael Jeter and Donald Walker are vying to fill the vacant seat on the Atlanta School board that was left unfilled by former board Chairman Khaatim Sherrer El, who resigned on July 11 with two years left on his term during one of the nation’s largest incidents of academic fraud in history.
After being qualified to be candidates in a special election in November, these five candidates stepped forward declaring that they were up to the task of helping move the board, and the schools, forward while serving the final two years of the four-year term.
While some of the candidates have run for local offices before, others are new to politics. However, they all have been active
in their communities, working with children in and out of the public schools.
Below is a list and brief description of the five candidates for the Nov. 8 election:
- Byron Amos, ran for this seat in 2005. In the last two years he served as PTA president at his daughter’s school in Vine City. Amos has been a recent target of media scrutiny after the Atlanta Federation of Teachers withdrew their support of him. Amos is an executive for a small record label,whose vulgar and sexist videos were on his Facebook page.
- Angela Brown, this is her first try for public office. She is a resident of the Historic West End neighborhood. For more
than 20 years she has worked in the West End community and surrounding areas and across the South, training young people to be leaders and advocating for youth. Brown is the executive director of First African Community Development Corporation and pastors Northern Heights Presbyterian Church. Brown is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
- Dwanda Farmer, has been a regular political candidate, although this is her first bid for the school board. She has run for the Atlanta City Council three times, including her 2009 bid for City Council Post 1-at-large. She has worked with many community programs and initiatives addressing the problems and needs of youth living in poverty and amidst crime. She serves on the Summerhill, Mechanicsville and Peoplestown Board and the Mechanicsville Civic Association.
- Michael Jeter, has been active in the Atlanta Public Schools, including serving as Advisory Council
President for W.F. White Elementary School and president of the J.F. Kennedy Middle School PTA for five years.
- Donald Walker, ran for this seat in 2009, is a college psychology professor at DeVry University and visiting professor at Atlanta Metropolitan College. His mother taught at APS for more than 25 years.