Bartlett seeks re-election in right-leaning district
by Lindsay Field
October 29, 2012 01:18 AM | 3604 views | 15 15 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Alison Bartlett  (MDJ File / Todd Hull)
Alison Bartlett (MDJ File / Todd Hull)
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MARIETTA — Democrat Alison Bartlett, who was first elected to serve central Cobb on the school board in 2008, said campaigning this go-round has been a little more difficult because her area is now mostly Republican and many voters have said they will vote a straight ticket.

The 50-year-old will be taking on first-time candidate and Republican Brad Wheeler on Nov. 6.

Bartlett beat Ron Yonker in 2008 to take her seat on the Cobb school board. She currently represents only Osborne High School, but in January the winner of the west-central Cobb seat will represent McEachern, Harrison and Hillgrove high schools because of a recent redistricting by legislators.

State legislators shifted Bartlett’s post in the spring, pushing her representation from central Cobb into west-central Cobb. The number of Republican voters in her post increased, she said.

Bartlett said people she’s talked to on the campaign trail have told her they would vote for her if she weren’t a Democrat.

“I’m also asked why I’m not a Republican … because my voting is so conservative and I’m all about local control,” she said. “The Republican and Democratic parties in Cobb County are very different in their educational approach. … The majority Democratic party is pro-education.

“It’s a problem with this nation. They don’t evaluate who they are voting for, just the party associated with it.”

Some of the other issues coming up on the trail are the charter school amendment, which Bartlett said people are just curious to learn more about, questions about the south Cobb redistricting from earlier this year and the proposed SPLOST IV that will go before voters in March 2013.

She has been very outspoken at numerous public forums and most recently at the Thursday night school board meeting about the charter school amendment, making a 15-minute speech as to why she doesn’t support it and encouraged Cobb voters to educate themselves on the issue before going to the polls.

“I’ve also been asked why I feel what I feel about the school calendar,” she said.

The board voted Thursday night to approve Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s calendar, which included an Aug. 7, 2013, start date and one-to-two day fall and winter breaks with school ending May 27, 2014. She supported that calendar.

When asked how this election is different than 2008, Bartlett said it’s harder because Wheeler, whom she’s never met, won’t agree to a public forum where both of them are in attendance.

“It makes it hard for the public to know where we stand,” she said. “If elected, my concern is that Mr. Wheeler has not been able to make a public forum so how will they have access to him once he’s in office.”

Otherwise, Bartlett said fundraising has gone well. She’s raised $3,712.89, according to her Sept. 30 campaign finance report, and has a balance of $617.66.

“It’s been easy,” she said. “I’m at about the same amount right now as in 2008. Because my name is so well-known, it’s made it easier.”
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New Blood
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October 30, 2012
So sorry but we need fresh new blood on this board and a group of adults who can "play nice" and work together as a cohesive group. Brad Wheeler is getting my vote.
recallbanks
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October 30, 2012
The new blood we need is not Wheeler, it is in getting out the bad board members like Banks and Eagle... I think the people in post 5 need to recall Banks based on his inability to work with others, follow the rules, and just because he has no clout amongst the board. I hear Wheeler is being helped by he and Crooks...Boy will CCSD be a sorry group if Wheeler is elected and buddies up to Banks, can you only imagine the ignorance and vote trading we will see.
anonymous
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October 29, 2012
--RE: "The majority Democratic party is pro-education."--

I like Barlett...but I do wonder what she means by this statement. Is this her way of saying that the teachers (excuse me, "educators")in Cobb county tend to vote democrat?

John Republican
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November 01, 2012
Yes - What does that mean? "The majority Democratic party is pro-education." as stated by Allison Bartlett.

Perhaps that is why people don't support her as well. She makes odd statements like that. I hope she'll explain it. She once asked a charter petitioner if they had any black people on their BOD? Racializing everything is not what we need from a leader. She fits the democrat ethic.
Harrison Parent
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October 29, 2012
I wouldn't vote for anyone(Bartlet)that was willing to hire an attorney in order to attend a "town hall meeting". CCSD doesn't need another lawsuit and for a current BOD member to threaten legal action against Harrison High School PTSA makes me sick.
I don't think
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October 29, 2012
Consulting with the board attorney constitutes hiring an attorney and filing a lawsuit.

Perhaps if the Harrison PTSA had shown a bit more class, the consultation would not have been needed.

The catty behavior toward Ms. Bartlett makes me sick.
Harrison Parent
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October 29, 2012
The facts are that she threatened to hire an attorney if she didn't get her way. The CCSD council initially agreed with the Harrison PTSA regarding their handling of the two separate forums and Allison wouldn't take no for an answer. I would call this decisive behavior. We don't need any more of this crap on the Cobb County School Board. Vote Wheeler!
Another Parent
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October 29, 2012
Oh good grief....the PTSA started this nonsense by trying to eliminate opposing viewpoints. Invite them both and let them both speak. We cannot be in the business of running campaigns....the minute we do we have lost all credibility. Really, the nerve of my fellow West Cobbers is infuriating sometimes. For the record I am a Republican and what you did was tacky.
@Another Parent
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October 29, 2012
Actually, the PTSA "started this nonsense" when they decided a single forum with just Ms. Bartlett wasn't what they wanted, and took strides to get Mr. Wheeler to vist with the school too. Yes, they messed up with they didn't immediately also invite Ms. Bartlett to Sunday instead of Tuesday. But trying to eliminate opposing viewpoints? Nothing more could be farther from the truth.
wishicouldvote
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October 29, 2012
Alison, you would have my vote if I were in your post. It is unfortunate that people would vote the party and NOT the candidate in your race. As a long time republican, I believe you have to vote for the best person, and in this case it is you. It is amazing to me the number of people who complain about the school board, but don't take the time to vet the candidates. Mr. Wheeler is not right for the job, Alison Bartlett is.
west cobber
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October 29, 2012
I would think this election is also harder because of that whole Harrison HS construction issue. I do not see much support for her displayed throughout the district of that particular school...seems like every one of her campaign signs are stuck in the ground of road right-of-ways in front of vacant lots. The next home I see with a sign supporting her will be the first.

I actually agree with Ms. Bartlett's fiscal approach- unwise to spend money on buildings no longer needed at this time. But I really like the idea of a former educator from this county winning this position- this board worked very well together when former educator Ms. Betty Gray and others were serving us.
Harrison Mom
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October 29, 2012
Post 7 voters, including Harrison parents, who plan on voting for the R and not the person in this case should remember the last time they did so, voting in Lynda Eagle without knowing anything of her agenda. They ended up with an educrat who teamed up with the inept David Banks of east Cobb, and on more than one occasion with the Democrat from south Cobb, all the while exhibiting a lack of fundamental manners or class. West Cobb could never count on her to do anything but roll her eyes and maneuver behind people's backs, and because of this, we missed opportunities to move our schools forward and became mired in her drama.



I'm a republican supporting Allison Bartlett, whose party, in this case, does not matter. If Harrison and other parents will give her a chance, her wealth of knowledge and experience can make a difference for all Cobb's kids. Her challenger might be a nice guy, but he'll have a steep learning curve and will no doubt start in again on the ridiculous calendar issue, which the district needs to move beyond.
West Cobb Parent
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October 29, 2012
You're crazy if you are going to try say that Allison Bartlett is a better board memeber then Lynda Crowder-Eagle. If we recall most of the drama on the board, Allison is always behind it. Speaking bad about our staff, making cobb county look stupid with her leadership, organizing a quick beginning of the year meeting to get vote for the chair she wanted (which has NEVER been done that way). If you are ok with all the back-handed stuff she has done then you I hope you get a flat tire and aren't able to make it out to vote that day!
Excellent points
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October 29, 2012
Excellent points and quite accurate.

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