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PTAs holding BOE, BOC candidate forum today

JONESBORO — Clayton County residents will be able to see and hear the candidates seeking seats on the county school board and commission this weekend.

Clayton County of PTAs announced this week that it will host a candidates forum featuring the people running for Board of Education and Board of Commissioners seats Saturday. The forum will last from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Watkins Community Center, 511 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro.

“We believe that we, as parents and community members, best demonstrate our role as child advocates by becoming educated about candidates for public office and their positions on legislative issues that are important to children and public schools,” said Melody Totten, the group’s legislative chairwoman, in a written statement.

“By exercising our democratic right to vote, we are able to give children a voice,” she added.

The seats for school board districts 1, 4, 8 and 9, and county commission districts 1 and 4 will be up for election this year. All but school board district 9 will be contested on the May 20 primary election ballot.

Residents who wish to attend the forum will need to plan for traffic delays near the community center. The forum will be one of two events taking place in or near downtown Jonesboro Saturday morning. The Lake Spivey Rotary Club will hold its Spring Sprint race at 8:30 a.m. It will begin and end at Lee Street Park, which is near the Watkins Community Center.

The race will cause several streets in the area, including portions of Main and McDonough streets and a small portion of Lake Jodeco Road, to be closed to vehicle traffic.