Dunwoody Resident Responds: Tom Taylor Champions Local Area School Systems

The following article was published in Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog on Friday, May 16, 2014.  DSW is re-publishing it in its entirety because the information it contains is so important to the upcoming primary election on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
If you are a regular reader of DeKalb School Watch, we encourage you to also read Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog.  Sometimes he publishes education information we may have missed.  Like DSW, it is available via e-mail or RSS feed.


By Erika Harris, Co-Chair of Georgians for Local Area School Systems and Dunwoody Resident

“This election campaign cycle has been an interesting and sometimes difficult one to observe.  I’ve been proud to watch Representative Tom Taylor stay positive, refuse to engage the mud slinging & negative campaign run by Goodchild, and focus on his own past efforts, successes, and his future intentions.

“Just days before the May 20th Primary, Brad Goodchild has put out a mailer attacking Representative Taylor for the extraordinary work he has put forth on the Independent School Resolution (HR486).  For the record, I have worked in lock step with Tom Taylor on this resolution for the past eight months.

“My opponent spends a lot of time touting his bill for a Dunwoody school district… that never saw a vote. Why does he feel pride in this legislative non-accomplishment?  – Brad Goodchild

“I am floored by the ignorance and arrogance that Mr.Goodchild reveals in his commentary.  Both Tom Taylor and Fran Millar were extremely upfront that this effort was going to be one that would require patience and time to accomplish.  Consider that it took three years for Dunwoody to become a city through Legislative approval, something already allowed by the constitution.  How is it then that Brad Goodchild would assume that this constitutional amendment wouldn’t be vetted with equal time and consideration?

HR486 serves to amend our state constitution, [changing] an amendment from nearly 70 years ago [when things were very different in Georgia and in DeKalb County]. If Brad Goodchild knew any of the background of education legislation in Georgia, he would know why this was not going to be a one session push through.  Further, if he understood the dynamics and complexity of rural versus metro politics, he would not be so quick to criticize Mr. Taylor’s legislation.

“But Brad Goodchild does not know these things.  Why?  Simply because he has not been involved in any of the efforts to improve education in our city or our state. He has not attended information sessions, city events to learn more about improving education through legislative efforts, or shown support down at the Capitol…

“My opponent personifies the “showing up is good enough” mentality that has brought DeKalb County schools to the brink of losing accreditation.” – Brad Goodchild

“Well, if this is really the bar he is using, “showing up”, Mr. Goodchild has not even come near reaching his own bar. Let’s recap: not showing up for any educational events, not showing up for the DHA debate, not answering media phone calls…  When does he show up?

“Our children do deserve better, as Brad Goodchild points out in his letter.  They don’t deserve someone who seeks to “pad his resume” using false claims and undeserved bravado in an attempt to win an election against a proven incumbent, as Mr. Goodchild does.

“I urge everyone [in District 79] to show up on Tuesday the 20th and cast their vote for Tom Taylor who stands for honesty, integrity, and accountability in more than words, but in proven leadership.”

Posted by John Heneghan  on Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog at 12:01 AM 
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