Retired Cobb educator eyes Post 2 seat held by Stultz
by Jon Gillooly
March 07, 2014 04:00 AM | 6968 views | 8 8 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Retired Cobb School District administrator Susan Thayer of Smyrna has qualified to run for the Post 2 seat on the Cobb Board of Education now held by Tim Stultz.

Today is the last day to qualify for office, with qualifying closing at noon.

Stultz faces another challenger in the May 20 Republican primary: Jeff Abel, a lending officer with Wells Fargo, according to Rose Wing, Cobb GOP first vice chair.

Abel could not be reached by press time.

Thayer, 65, has two stepchildren with husband Ed Thayer. Ed Thayer is a former Cobb area assistant superintendent who now works part time as coordinator for the Lassiter High School Concert Hall.

Susan Thayer joined the Cobb School District in 1975 as an Osborne High School counselor.

She was principal of Pebblebrook High School from 1986 to 1992. In 1996, she moved from her position as Cobb’s executive director for high schools to the Douglas County School District, where she served as assistant superintendent for K-12 curriculum, retiring in 2000. After retirement, Thayer returned as director of leadership management in the Cobb School District’s human resources department, retiring in 2009.

Since then, Thayer said she’s done consulting work for former Fulton County superintendent James Wilson’s firm, Education Planners.

“The Post 2 high schools are Osborne and Campbell, and I was counselor at Osborne for eight years and at Campbell the IB program there, when I was director of high schools for Cobb, my staff and I wrote the grants and got the approval for the IB program that’s located there at Campbell, so I’ve got a vested interest in both of those schools and all their feeder schools,” she said.

Thayer described herself as a moderate Republican, saying she voted for Mitt Romney in the last Republican presidential primary.

A number of community members have encouraged her to run for office, she said.

“Three of the board members have called and talked with me about it that are on the board now,” she said. “I’ve talked with some former board members. I have talked with members of the community already, I’ve talked with (Smyrna Mayor) Max Bacon, I’ve talked with (Cobb Chamber of Commerce CEO) David Connell, so a number of people that are influential in our area that have been encouraging and supportive. I didn’t ask for endorsements or anything; they were just encouraging me to run.”

Lining up for Helen Goreham’s seat

Democrat Derrick Crump, an IT consultant who with his wife Danielle has two children attending Hillgrove High School, has signed up with the Cobb Democratic Party to run for the Post 1 seat on the Cobb Board of Commissioners. The seat is wide open with the retirement of Commissioner Helen Goreham.

Crump is Commissioner Lisa Cupid’s appointee to Keep Cobb Beautiful. District 1, which is west Cobb, is a heavily Republican area, although Melissa Pike, chairwoman of the Cobb Democratic Party, believes Crump has a chance.

“If he tries hard enough and he’s going up against Bill Byrne, possibly,” Pike said. “I think there’s a chance. I think a lot of the voters are sick of craziness. I miss having a government that works. People don’t have to like each other, they just have to eventually realize, well, let’s do something.”

Glenn Melson, 51, of Powder Springs, a partner in the Marietta-based insurance agency Corporate Risk Advisors, has also signed up to run in the Republican primary for the District 1 seat.

Melson and his wife, René, have three daughters, the youngest of whom is a junior at Harrison High School. They also have a grandson, age 3.

Melson said he voted for Herman Cain in the last Republican presidential primary.

Another Republican to sign up for the District 1 seat is Republican Angela Barner of Acworth.

Barner, 48, and her husband, Jim, an associate broker with RE/MAX, have one adult son.

Barner said she voted for Romney in the presidential primary.

Other Republican candidates in the District 1 race include former county Chairman Byrne, former Acworth Alderman Bob Weatherford and retired Marietta Assistant Fire Chief Scott Tucker.

Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan also has a challenger. Republican Cindi Yeager of Marietta, who lost to Vic Reynolds in the 2012 primary for Cobb district attorney, has qualified for Cobb solicitor general.

Signing up at the State House

Down at the state Capitol, state Rep. Sam Teasley (R-Marietta) has picked up a challenger in the form of Democrat Bill Bolton of Marietta. Bolton has previously run for mayor, governor and president of the United States.

There are four candidates vying for the seat held by state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell). Morgan qualified for state school superintendent on Thursday. The three Democrats are business owner C. Branson Wright of Mableton, Erica Thomas of Austell, executive director of Speak Out Loud, and Monica Delancy of Austell, who lost to Cupid in the 2012 race for a seat on the Cobb Board of Commissioners. The fourth candidate, Mary Ward Cater, a court bailiff and insurance agent, is running as an independent.

“My priority for that seat is somebody that’s going to take on the blight in Austell,” Pike said. “We’ve got to get Austell back into this century. It’s so sad to drive through there and you feel like you’re somewhere that a major plant has just shut down and there’s nobody.”

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March 26, 2014
I would be very cautious of a candidate who has already been part of the corruption at CCSD and who has ties to vendors,and other cronies. Voters need to get informed.
Michelle Sollicito
March 19, 2014
If you want to ask questions of the candidates for the upcoming primaries, join our Facebook group the Cobb Candidate Forum

NOTE that the primaries are almost as important as the election in Cobb County.. It is important you vote, and it is important you are informed - esp given the Braves Deal, the Education funding problems and the problems with Public Safety funding highlighted by the Snow Storms!
March 09, 2014
We taped the meeting and "The Facts" is dead on with what Sweeney said.
March 07, 2014
Ms. Thayer which 3 Cobb School Board Members called you? Or did you mean Board Members both present and past? Which 3 from the Saturday morning Breakfast Club: John Crooks, John Abraham, David Banks or Scott Sweeney? Yes, we all know they meet along with one other every Saturday morning for Breakfast. They are all working very hard on a school board coup along with David Connell. One among them cannot keep their mouth shut.
Mom comment
March 11, 2014
More info on the coup ?

It is too bad the the former board member holli, so ticked off so many? How could a board member be on the PTA officer at 2-3 of the Schools in her post. Therefore she was always in the schools. Then giving Grant Rivera, a PTA principal of the year award, half way into his first year at Campbell. When most parents considered him a disaster, oh but that was before Iris. But Holli was too invested in Griffin to give a crap about Smyrna . Sweeney got in on more of an anti Holli ticket than for him. Hopefully, the moderate candidate will win in this purple area.
The Facts
March 07, 2014
Last night Post 6 School Board Member Scott Sweeney met with a gathering of Belmont S/D neighbors. At this meeting Sweeney told several Pinocchio's to his Constituents. #1 - He led off by insinuating to those in attendance that he had had many town halls concerning the land purchase and asked how many had people attended them to which no one raised their hand. FACT: Belmont was his FIRST in that area concerning the land purchase or anything else which is why no one raised their hand . #2 - He stated he knew nothing about the possible relocation of East Cobb Middle School. FACT: He most certainly does. In truth he has admonished other Board Members to please not speak about it. If he wants to claim he knows nothing about the possible relocation of East Cobb Middle School then how does he explain the traffic study for 2 schools he is very much involved with? These people have no representation. All they have is a stiff suit with cufflinks trying to calm them down so they will not threaten his bid for reelection.
March 07, 2014
What does that have to do with this article?

Belmont resident
March 08, 2014
Wow - not sure where you got your "facts" from, but I was at the meeting and heard a whole different set of facts than what you state above. We appreciate Sweeney coming to our meeting. If you haven't received Sweeney's letter he distributed yesterday, maybe you should get your hands on a copy - so you have the "facts" in writing...
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