A Richmond Hill nurse practitioner has qualified as an independent to run for chairman of the Bryan County Board of Education.
To be on the ballot come November, she’ll need some help.
Kate Strickland, who contacted the Bryan County News via email on Sunday to announce her candidacy, said in a Facebook post she's the first candidate to qualify as an independent in Bryan County and, "I have chosen to run as an independent, and am working hard to collect 1,286 signatures from Bryan County registered voters for two reasons:
"1. I believe I have what it takes to advocate for students, families, teachers, and staff to ensure our schools remain centers of academic excellence, but also to ensure every student feels safe, supported, and valued.
"2. I believe our school board elections need to be non-partisan."
Under Georgia law, third party and independent candidates have to have signatures from 5 percent of registered voters the last time the seat was up for election to be on the ballot in November. In Bryan County, that was in 2018 and there were 25,712 registered voters.
The deadline for Strickland to submit her petition with the requisite number of petitions is July 12.
Strickland is the fourth candidate to declare her intentions to seek the chairman's seat on the Bryan County Board of Education. Incumbent Amy Murphy, a Republican; Republican challenger Scott Novinksi and Democrat Teresa Timmons are also running for the seat.
Strickland's Facebook page is Kate Strickland for Bryan County School Board Chairman is here: https://www.facebook.com/VoteKateforGreatSchools