Chastain faces retired Marietta Sixth Grade Academy principal Bill Scott in the May 20 Republican primary.
No Democrats qualified for the seat.
Between Scott, who has described himself as a moderate, and Chastain, Chastain seems to be the favorite of conservatives.
County Commissioner Bob Ott endorsed Chastain for the position.
“As I look at the candidates I want the great work Kathy has started to continue, and I want someone who shares my conservative values and willingness to engage the community,” Ott said. “I believe David will also work together with our board to build a stronger Cobb.”
State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) also had high praise for Chastain.
“David Chastain is the kind of principled, common-sense conservative we need on the school board,” Setzler said. “As the dad who almost singlehandedly killed the $100 million laptop scheme, he is a reliable, independent leader who will not be co-opted by the Glover Street establishment.”
Chastain, 57, and his wife, Lori, have three children, the youngest of whom is a junior majoring in choral education at Kennesaw State University. Their three children graduated from North Cobb High School where Chastain was active in the booster clubs, serving as president of the Chorus Booster Club.
Chastain is a product of Cobb County Schools, attending Brumby Elementary, East Cobb Junior High and Wheeler High School, where he graduated in 1975.
“Corky Kell was our football coach,” he said.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Chastain has been active in the community, serving on the Cobb School District’s Facilities and Technology Review Committee, where he was appointed by former school board member John Abraham. He ran for state school superintendent in 2006.
“The thing I campaigned on was charter schools and local control of the local school board or as I like to call it, home rule,” he said.
Kind of like William F. Buckley Jr.
Chastain describes himself as libertarian with a “small l.”
“It’s hard to understand the definition of conservatism because everybody seems to have their own definition, but a ‘small l’ libertarian, a person who believes in libertarian philosophy, would be someone kind of like a William F. Buckley Jr. who just believes in very minimal government, stay out of my wallet, stay out of my home, leave me alone and just the basic needs to defend the rights of the individual and defend the borders of the country,” he said.
In the last Republican presidential primary he voted for Ron Paul.
Chastain explained why he wants to run for the Post 4 school board seat.
“What I know of Post 4, and what I know of the Cobb County School District, I feel like right now they’re at a critical juncture. They’re changing superintendents, which we don’t know who the next superintendent is going to be. We’re hearing all about the problems with the budget, and, from being on the F&T Committee, I know how important that is, and up to this point, I feel like the school board has been making a lot of favorable progress over the last several years contrary to where it was maybe back in the mid-2000s, and the idea that maybe it might turn and go in another direction. People told me there was only one candidate, so I talked to my wife, some other people and they encouraged me to go ahead and run. This is something I really care about. I think Kathy Angelucci laid a good foundation, and I want to make sure we can continue to build on it and not destroy any of it.”
Stultz gets more challengers
One of Angelucci’s frequent allies on the school board has been Tim Stultz of Smyrna. Stultz now has three challengers. He faces retired Cobb School District administrator Susan Thayer and Wells Fargo lending officer Jeff Abel in the Republican primary.
The winner will face Democrat Kenya Pierre, who Melissa Pike, chairwoman of the Cobb Democratic Party, said qualified for the seat on Friday.
Down at the state Capitol, state Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta), who represents south Cobb, picked up a challenger in Democrat Reginald Crossley of Atlanta, who works for the Department of Housing and Human Services as Fulton County youth commissioner and program development lead.
At the federal level, U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Atlanta), who represents south Cobb, is being challenged by Democrat Michael Owens of Mableton, a program manager with Cisco Systems who joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 to volunteer for service in the Persian Gulf War conflict. Owens is treasurer for the Young Democrats of Cobb County.
And Democrat Robert Montigel of Alpharetta, owner of Biggs Building Products in Suwanee, has signed up to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell).