Cherokee to hold Georgia super forum
by Michelle Babcock
March 09, 2014 04:00 AM | 2862 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All nine qualified Republican candidates running to replace John Barge as state school superintendent will be in Cherokee County this Wednesday to discuss important issues in education.

Each eligible candidate for the statewide school superintendent seat in the upcoming May 20 Republican Primary confirmed their participation in the forum hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party, said Rick Davies, president of the Cherokee County Republican Party.

“Here in Cherokee County, education is a very hot topic,” Davies explained why the Cherokee County Republican Party decided to host a forum for the statewide candidates. “We wanted to give every citizen in Cherokee County and surrounding counties the opportunity to get a view of who’s desiring to represent them at the state level as the superintendent of schools.”

About 120 people had already reserved seats for the event by Friday afternoon, and the venue for the forum was changed from its original location to the Cherokee County Conference Center at The Bluffs to accommodate the crowd.

“We’re hoping to get about 150 people out,” Davies said.

Qualified Republican state school superintendent candidates are Mary Kay Bacallao, Ashley Ball, Mike Buck, Sharyl Dawes, Allen Fort, Nancy Jester, Fitz Johnson, Kira Willis and Richard Woods.

Candidates will answer both pre-submitted and audience questions, Davies said. Questions can be pre-submitted by email to

Similar questions will be consolidated into single question, Davies said, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask additional questions live at the forum, time permitting.

Davies said a goal of the forum is to provide answers to parents and education stakeholders in the community.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the forum begins at 7. Davies recommended people arrive early to get the best seats, but noted that, at the Conference Center at The Bluffs, all seats are good seats.

The Cherokee County Conference Center at the Bluffs is at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton, and the event is scheduled to end around 9 p.m.

To register for the event visit

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