As we receive these candidate announcements, we will reprint them on the blog. This first one comes from Jim Kinney, who is running against Paul Womack in District 4.
It is with no small degree of impending community and personal responsibility that these words are written. As I have been involved with the lives of many people over the more than 2 decades living in DeKalb County, involved with the upbringing of my own children, involved with education both of myself, my wife and my children and the children of others, I know solidly that there is little else we do as adults that has more importance than to prepare the next generation for the world they will inherit from us. To this end I have worked with the graduates of DeKalb County School System at Georgia State University, Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College as an instructor of physics and astronomy. I have seen first hand many of the strengths and weaknesses of our county school system both in the students I have taught, my own children, their friends and the children of friends as well as in my interactions with school officials and teachers over the past 20 years. I have weathered the divisiveness of power during a fight for school control that resulted in forced faculty changes and parents pulling their children from the school to avoid recriminations from the teachers that won. I have been compelled to act on behalf of faculty, students and staff when central office processes had totally failed and health and safety issues were putting all school members at risk.
As I discussed my views and convictions surrounding the DeKalb County School System with my family and friends, I discovered a community of supporters encouraging my greater involvement. As my resolve steeled with the rising awareness of the work ahead, the circle of supporters widened. Speaking briefly of intentions with parents, community people and teachers within the school system has provided the final conviction that the level of effort is recognized by more than just a few and I am not alone in willingness to work towards the betterment of DeKalb County School System for the benefit of all.
To this end, I announce my candidacy for the DeKalb County Board of Education District 4 for the General Election on November 6, 2012
James P. Kinney III
As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome. – 2011 Noam Chomsky