Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 10, 2014

Citizens: Contact Freddie Powell Sims Action still needed to ensure School Board election

AMERICUS — When news broke from the Election Commission Office that a School Board election would take place in March there was a sense of relief and excitement in our community. The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel marking a new beginning in the governance of our school system is upon us. But action is still needed to make sure the election takes place.

All obstacles have been cleared for an election to occur. All pending legal roadblocks have been dismissed. State Rep. Mike Cheokas’ House Bill 836 set an election cycle plan that enables our citizens to choose their school board members in accordance with state law. Four people whose terms have expired are still sitting on the Board of Education. Our government, including school boards, is based on people electing those they want to represent them in government. To stop an election is contrary to the idea of democracy on which our country is built.

On Monday the House approved the bill unanimously. Six candidates have filed to run for the four seats up for election.

The bill will be voted on in the Senate this week before the legislature recesses on Friday for a four-day weekend. And the bill must be passed unanimously. Even one nay vote can stop the election from taking place.

Our District 12 State Senator Freddie Powell Sims can carry this bill through the Senate and help ensure the election takes place as scheduled on March 18. We urge our citizens to take action and call or e-mail Sims as soon as possible to ask her to support this bill and get it passed in the Senate. The people of Americus and Sumter County deserve the right to vote for their school board representatives.

You can call Sims at 404-463-5259 or e-mail her at freddie.sims@senate.ga.gov. Act now to help ensure we continue to move forward.

 

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