Tony Blash and Richard Cazort are running for the first time, and Ken Hamilton ran for board chairman in 2010. Incumbent Deloras Moon announced her retirement in February after serving in the position for 23 years.
Blash announced his candidacy on Feb. 17, prior to qualifying in the first week of March. He is employed at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in the office of Medical Education. He also teaches communication courses at Mercer University and Georgia Military College.
He said he felt it was time for him to give back.
“I would like to offer my skills, abilities, and talents to the already superb school system we have and help prepare our students for future success,” Blash stated in his announcement.
The candidate said his focus would be on enhancing the technological capabilities of the schools in District One and the system as a whole, if elected. He also wants to help complete the system’s Continuous Improvement Plan.
Cazort is a construction estimator. He said he and his family have lived in Jones County since 1995. He relocated here from Memphis, Tenn., when he accepted his current position with Chris R. Sheridan & Co.
In an email response, he said he is running for the Jones County School Board so he can share his time and financial experience to help ensure that the Jones County School System continues to grow and excel as one of the top systems in Georgia.
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