Cobb parent Amy Henry speaks to protesters about reopening Cobb schools on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020.

An east Cobb mother of four has declared her intention to run as a Republican next year for the Board of Education seat currently held by Democrat Charisse Davis. 

Amy Henry filed paperwork Tuesday declaring her intention to run. Henry told the MDJ she plans on announcing her candidacy at November's Cobb GOP breakfast, but otherwise declined to answer questions about her candidacy. 

Henry is a founder of the Cobb County Parents for Choice, a group that, in August 2020, fought the Cobb County School District's decision to begin the 2020-21 school year without an in-person option. At the time, cases of the coronavirus were on the rise, prompting the superintendents of the Cobb and Marietta school districts to announce there would be no in-person learning to begin the coming school year. 

At a protest in Glover Park Aug. 15, 2020, Henry said families should have the choice to send their children to in-person classes.

“We will not stop until we get our choice back because face-to-face learning is the best learning for these kids,” Henry said. “This virus is not going away. We need to learn to live with it.”

Henry is also a member of the East Cobb Cityhood Committee, a group pushing for the incorporation of a swath of east Cobb.

According to the committee's website, Henry is a sales professional, fitness instructor and nutritionist and moved to east Cobb two years before her involvement with the group. 

In her campaign paperwork, she listed Cindy Cooperman, another booster of east Cobb cityhood, as her campaign committee chairperson. 

Two seats on the seven-member school board are up for reelection next year in addition to Davis' in Post 6: the Post 2 seat held by Democrat Dr. Jaha Howard, who intends to run for the state superintendent position, and the Post 4 seat held by Republican David Chastain. 

Democrat Austin Heller, a student at Kennesaw State University, has previously said he plans to challenge Chastain.


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(3) comments

Mike Nelson

Just beat the democratic member. Just look at the chaos the democratic members have done absolute fiasco at every level.

Ann DG

This woman is just as crazy as Banks. No thank you to either her or Banks. Surely we have better candidates than this in our county.

Laura Armstrong

I met Amy Henry in the summer of 2020 and thought at the time she'd be a wonderful addition to our school board. This is fantastic news! Amy will invest herself and care about the educational experience for all students and parents, not just in her post, but throughout the district! She's an energetic, can-do person with real compassion, but she's also a fighter. She'll fight to keep our district among the very best in the country. Good luck Amy Henry!

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