By Mary Margaret Stewart, assistant editor
The public is invited to attend an Atlanta Public School Board of Education candidate forum on Oct. 18, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The forum will be held at Willis A. Sutton Middle School’s Main Campus, located at 2875 Northside Drive in Atlanta.
North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools (NAPPS) will be hosting the candidate forum. According to a recent press release, NAPPS’ mission is “to increase community awareness and support for our North Atlanta cluster schools, ultimately resulting in a high student retention rate Kindergarten through 12th grade.”
Attendees of the forum will get the chance to learn about candidates’ platforms coming into the upcoming November election.
Below is a candidate list, separated by district:
-Incumbent Leslie Grant
-Ade Oguntoye, a social worker and executive director of the nonprofit organization One World
-Incumbent Byron Amos
-Tony Burks, former Douglass High School principal and LEADright chief learning officer
-Keisha Carey, corporate position for Sprint
District 3: (vacated by Matt Westmoreland)
-Adzua Agyapon, a grade-level chair at the public charter school KIPP STRIVE Primary
-Lewis Cartee, a territory sales manager for Mohawk Industries
-Michelle Olympiadis-Constantinides, a real-estate manager and afternoon Greek school
-Antoine Raynard Trammell
District 4: Incumbent Nancy Meister, unopposed
District 5: (vacated by Steven Lee)
-Jatisha Marsh, human resources manager and former APS teacher
-Jackye Rhodes, retired educator and real estate agent
-Bobby Montgomery, senior director of marketing with PALM Agency
-Erika Yvette Mitchell
-Incumbent Eshé Collins
-Patreece Hutcherson, a Douglas County Schools counselor
-Valrie Walker Sanders, a part-time field representative with the U.S. Census Bureau
-Donta McMichael, a mental health assistant.
District 7 (at-large): (vacated by Courtney English)
-Kandis Wood Jackson
-Micah A. Rowland
-Nathaniel Borrell Dyer
District 8 (at-large):
-Incumbent Cynthia Briscoe Brown
-Ben Stone, an environmental insurance underwriter
-Charlie Stadtlander, chief executive officer of consulting firm Stadtlander and Co.
District 9 (at-large):
Incumbent Jason Esteves, unopposed
The election will be Nov. 7. Early voting begins on Oct. 16. The election is Nov. 7 and early voting begins Oct. 16.