Business leaders release BOE candidate surveys

— The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce has posted the candidate questionnaire responses it received from candidates for four Clayton County Board of Education seats, the business group announced Wednesday.

The chamber sent questionnaires to candidates for the contested seats where more than one candidate was running for office. There are five school board seats up for election this year, but District 3 board Member Jessie Goree is running unopposed for re-election. There are a total of 11 candidates running for the other four seats.

The questionnaires are available for viewing at www.claytonchamber.org.

“Through our questionnaire process, we offer candidates the opportunity to communicate their perspective on business and education-related issues,” chamber leaders said in a written statement. “In turn, business and industry leaders as well as voters can review and utilize the questionnaires to learn more about the candidates in preparation for the elections.”

Candidates were asked how they would “distinguish” between setting a direction for the school board to go, and getting involved in day-to-day management of the district. They were also asked about their goals for serving children, their educational background and how their election would impact businesses in the county.

The chamber received responses from every candidate except District 2 board Member Wanda Smith and District 7 challenger Lois Wright.