Blackburn won't seek school board re-election

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 8:10 AM
Last updated 12:50 PM
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Columbia County Board of Education member Mildred "Mickey" Blackburn this morning announced she will not seek re-election this fall.

Blackburn, elected in 1998 to the first of her three terms, made her announcement this morning during the Board of Education meeting.

"After a great deal of soul-searching and thoughtful introspection, I want to announce that I will not be seeking re-election to the school board this November," Blackburn said, reading from a prepared statement.

"While I know this may come as a surprise, I feel that it is time for me to step back and allow another concerned, dedicated citizen to fill this most honorable role in our community," she said.

Blackburn, a retired middle school history teacher, represents the county's District 2 that covers much of the Martinez area.

She recently was elected by her fellow board members to serve as vice chairman of the board for 2010.

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msgret92
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msgret92 02/24/10 - 08:26 am
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Voters, that's one incumbent

Voters, that's one incumbent out, it's up to you to turn the others out.

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Riverman1 02/24/10 - 08:34 am
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Anyone serious about running

Anyone serious about running for the position should thoroughly read and understand the school system budget. That's the kind of person who will get my vote. If I see someone painting a flowery picture about his or her leadership and not understand the budget and how things work, I'll look elsewhere.

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Barry Paschal 02/24/10 - 09:32 am
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Exactly correct, Riverman1.

Exactly correct, Riverman1. msqret92: Don't be so short-sighted as to think every person in office automatically is bad and needs to be replaced, especially at the local level.

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Riverman1 02/24/10 - 10:13 am
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Barry, after being

Barry, after being embarrassed on here about my lack of understanding for the funding for the new schools by you...ha, I took my own advice. One thing I will say about the published budget, at least the one online, is that it is not detailed much at all.

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