Wheeler: Essentials needed, not ‘pet’ projects
by Lindsay Field
October 29, 2012 01:19 AM | 2641 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brad Wheeler (MDJ File / Todd Hull)
Brad Wheeler (MDJ File / Todd Hull)
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POWDER SPRINGS — First-time candidate and retired educator Brad Wheeler said he’s been busy preparing for the November election for the Cobb school board seat in west-central Cobb, but enjoying every minute of it.

Wheeler, 57, will take on Democratic incumbent Alison Bartlett on Nov. 6 to represent McEachern, Harrison and Hillgrove high schools. If he wins, he will take his seat in January.

He previously said he decided to run in an attempt to help the board focus more on what is “really essential” and to move them in the right direction.

“Our goal should be to provide the best education we can afford for our children,” he said. “It appears we have money for ‘pet’ projects and not essentials in the classroom.”

Wheeler said he’s heard a variety of topics come up while on the campaign trail about what constituents are most interested in regarding the school district.

“It used to be the balanced calendar,” he said. “It’s still a big issue, but you get other concerns from all sorts of different things.”

House Resolution 1162, also known as the charter school amendment, is another topic that seems to be coming up.

“I agree with (Georgia) Superintendent Dr. John Barge on it,” he said. “He speaks an excellent argument. I’m publicly opposed to the amendment, but not charter schools.”

The amendment would allow a revived State Charter School Commission to hear appeals of charter school applications that are rejected by a local board. The Georgia Supreme Curt ruled that the commission was unconstitutional last year.

Wheeler said he doesn’t support submitting a Race to the Top grant application, which the board approved Thursday night.

While Wheeler said he’s interested in academic achievement, especially at the middle school level, “I just don’t like the federal strings that are attached to the grant. They don’t usually end.”

He has also been very vocal about not supporting Teach For America, saying it makes no sense to offer positions to recent college graduates who have not been trained when the district is cutting back on current staff.

“We already have quality people in these positions,” he said. “We need to support them and not slap them in the face.”

In order to get his message out there, Wheeler has been going door-to-door, attending meet and greets and participating in fundraisers hosted by west-central Cobb homeowners.

“It’s a very busy time,” he said. “I kind of enjoy that because it’s not like you’re just sitting around. There’s always something going on, places to go and people to meet.”

He said his campaign against Bartlett has been very similar to the July 31 primary and runoff but different because there have been several people outside of the post that are interested in the schools he’d be representing.

“There’s a lot of people supporting me, and I appreciate all of them,” he said.

According to his most recent campaign finance report, Wheeler has received $5,340.10 in contributions and has a balance of $2,780.81.
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November 02, 2012
Look on Wheeler's facebook page, he cannot even answer the question about why he implies that the "MDJ endorses" him. Please people, do not vote because for him just because he has an R by his name. He may be a nice guy, but he is not informed about the issues, and will not go up against Bartlett because he knows she would blow him away with her aptitude, knowledge, etc. Like the voters who voted for Banks in Post 5, you get what you deserve if you vote for Wheeler.
New Blood
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October 30, 2012
We need some fresh eyes and ears on this board. I've met Mr. Wheeler and I like what he has to say. He is getting my vote.
Change time
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November 02, 2012
I agree, it's time for some of these power hungry women to be put in their place, principals included! So many forget the ideas that they are put their for, and become angry, drama queens! It's time for more men in our education system, that will lead without the hen club of soaps and get work done. Don't misunderstand me, I get the idea some women can handle leadership posts, but by in large they become drama, hens that are not effective leaders with teachers and students suffering their messed up style of leading.
West Cobb
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October 30, 2012
Brad Wheeler is a nice guy, a guy you want to sit around and shoot the breeze with. But he is not the kind of guy who you would want on your school board fighting for you. He has repeatedly refused to openly debate Alison Bartlett and for good reason, he doesn't know his stuff. He has a couple of good talking points, but beyond that, he is clueless. Alison at least knows what she is talking about and isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Please don't vote for just an R or D, for just a calendar, vote for the one who will stand up and do what's right.
Yikes, in West Cobb
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November 07, 2012
How soon everyone forgets how clueless Bartlett was at the beginning of her term. She has gathered information over time...I guess it's true...a blind squirrel will find a nut once in a while
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