Jimmy Atkins, Robert Cheek vie for Richmond County school board District 8 seat

Richmond County School Board - District 8

Name: Jimmy Atkins (incumbent)

Age: 42

Family: Wife, Donna; daughter, Elisa, 16; son, Jacob, 12

Political experience: Eight years on the board of education; two years as board president (2007, 2008)

Education: Augusta State University, associate’s degree in accounting; Brenau University, bachelor’s degree in business administration

Why are you running for re-election? “I feel like we’ve made a lot of great progress over the last eight years. I’ve proven to have a good working relationship with the other board members, and I feel there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

 

 

Name: Robert Cheek

Age: 54

Family: Wife, Janet; son, Rob, 17; daughter, Hannah, 13

Political experience: None

Education: Butler High School

Why are you running for office? “I’m unsatisfied with the direction the school board is going and the representation we’re receiving from our current school board member. My main concerns are low test scores, low morale with our employees, the decline in student population and the cronyism that’s been going on.”

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