JONESBORO Clayton County Board of Education candidates will have to face the county’s voters this week before they make that last 40-meter dash to the election finish line, a state senator has announced.
In a written statement, State Sen. Gail Davenport said a school board candidates forum will be held Thursday, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Greater St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 9540 Fayetteville Road, in Jonesboro.
The event will be hosted by the Concerned Black Citizens Coalition of Clayton County, which Davenport helped found, and the Clayton County Black Ministers Fellowship.
Voters will select the occupants of five school board seats for Districts 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 on Nov. 6 in a special election held to coincide with the presidential election.
School board elections are traditionally held as part of the state primary election, with the races continuing to the November general election if there are Republicans and Democrats running for the same seat. The elections had to be postponed this year, and turned into a special election, because the county had to wait for a federal judge to draw new boundaries for the school board districts.
Early voting is already under way at the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office. The office is inside the Historic Clayton County Courthouse, located at 121 South McDonough St., in Jonesboro.