The at-large race is one to watch (N&R)

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:8zUhcRktSz6BVM:http://newsandrecord.brandfuelstores.com/images/NR_logo.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. According to Morgan at the N&R Chalkboard, the at-large race is the one to watch. See what she says:

School board races to watch

It looks like the Board of Education races to watch this year will be in District 3 and the at-large seat Dot Kearns is vacating.

Mike Stone has returned to once again face Darlene Garrett in a bid for representation in the northwest part of the district. Stone, an Oak Ridge resident and unit manager for Pactiv Corp. in Greensboro, said he is dissatisfied with Garrett’s leadership and the fact that some of the issues that they both campaigned about in 2000 (lack of school safety, transparency and financial accountability) still exist.

“It’s eight years later and we have the same issues,” Stone told me today. “And why is that? We have some of the same board members.”

It looks like four people will be running for the at-large seat, including Sandra Alexandra, who filed today. I haven’t spoken to her yet.

Who has the edge? Erik Huey so far has the publicity, having announced his intentions to run back in November 2006. He also has a blog that covers local educational issues.

But Michael McKinney, a commercial banker for Southern Community Bank & Trust, might have more business and community connections. He serves on the Guilford County planning board and executive board of TRIBEC (Triad Real Estate & Building Industry Coalition). He was also a former board member with the United Way of Greensboro and fundraiser for Bennett College.

David Crawford has some exposure from running against Mike Barber for Greensboro city council last year. So the at-large race should be particularly interesting.

Who do you think has the best chance of winning?

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So Mr. McKinney is a banker and has ties to developers…I can’t wait to see what my friend Billy Jones has to say about this!

E.C. )

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