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Three Candidates Now in Race for School Board President

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George Seaborough George Seaborough
David Simons (picture courtesy: Simons Political Group) David Simons (picture courtesy: Simons Political Group)
Rev. Chester A. Ellis Rev. Chester A. Ellis

Another candidate is throwing his name into the ring to become Chatham County's next school board president.

George Seaborough, 35, announced his candidacy today.

He is a Savannah native and a graduate of Savannah State University.

Seaborough served in leadership roles as a Union Organizer for Service Employee International Union, Field Director for Young Democrats of GA, Interim Director of SSU Community Future Corporation, Loaned Associate for United Way, and Freshman Experience Professor at Savannah State University, according to his biography.  

Seaborough says he decided to run for school board president because he, "believes that he can help the county transition into the new state standards set for our children, teachers, and principals. He is also convinced that the culture of early education and behavioral intervention needs to exist throughout the county, and that we must ensure that we are able to provide clear, proven pathways of education for children."

Seaborough joins Reverend Chester Ellis and David Simons who entered the race yesterday.

Simons is the owner of Simons Political Group and is a Lt. Colonel serving as the Public Affairs Officer at the 165th Air Lift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard.

He has served three tours in Afghanistan.

Simons also serves on the Board of Directors for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce.

Simons said Monday he will not vote for a property tax increase ever.

"This elected office is rarely coveted but has the biggest impact on our future...the future of our children. The School Board also has the biggest impact on our tax digest, on corporate entities locating here, on our economic potential and growth, and our prosperity," Simons said.  "I believe my education, experience, and skills can help make a difference."

Reverend Ellis entered the school board race in December.

He told the Savannah Morning News he has been encouraged by parents, public school employees and leaders in the business, community and religious leaders from throughout the county.

They want a board president who will put local public education before personal and political agendas, he said.

Ellis was ordained into ministry in 1985 and serves as pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

All three men are looking to replace current school board president Dr. Joe Buck who has reached his term limit.

The election is expected to happen in May.


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