by Philip Jay from South Georgia (self-proclaimed Yellow Dog Georgia Democrat)
The current erosive division from which our country is suffering today calls for, I’m convinced, reconsideration of choices based solely on partisanship. Accordingly, I searched for and found a Republican for whom I am not just comfortable supporting but delighted to do so. His name is Richard Woods; he is running to be reelected as Georgia’s School Superintendent.
First, his record is the result of a vision molded by Georgians throughout the state. With 25 years serving at virtually every level of public education, Richard’s decisions are seen through the eyes of a teacher. His emphasis on deemphasizing the importance of tests, decentralized control of policies, vigorous across the board engagement on pending issues, encouragement of collaboration on concerns between students, parents, teachers, business leaders and legislative officials is paying off in substantial ways:
Second, Richard is a graduate of Fitzgerald High School, an educator who taught in Irwin County
classrooms for 14 years and lives in Tifton. These formative years are the basis of values now evident in
his remarkable career, enshrined in progressive policy as well as inspiring fodder for future progress. We
know him as a friend and neighbor; he has and will represent our interest as only a friend and neighbor can.
In 2017 and 2018 Richard was recognized as one of Georgia’s 100 most influential citizens by Georgia
Trend magazine for “putting the heart back into teaching”.