Bartlett beaten by challenger
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
November 07, 2012 03:02 AM | 6550 views | 44 44 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Retired Cobb Schools educator Brad Wheeler has beaten incumbent and Democratic candidate Alison Bartlett.

Wheeler got 24,145 votes (60%) to Bartlett’s 15,931 votes (40%). He will take his seat on the school board in January.

Post 7, which includes McEachern, Harrison and Hillgrove high schools, now covers west-central Cobb after district lines were redrawn last spring by state legislators.

There are 54,722 registered voters in this post, 73% of which turned out for the election.

Bartlett, who was first elected to the board in 2008, spent Tuesday night with her family and then attended the Cobb Democrats election night watch party at the DoubleTree Atlanta Marietta Hotel.

When contacted about the outcome, she kept it short and simple: “Congratulations to Mr. Wheeler.”

Bartlett has been outspoken at numerous public forums and at school board meetings leading up to the election about her opposition to the charter-school amendment.

She has said it was tougher campaigning in the newly drawn district because it’s dominantly Republican, and some people told her they wouldn’t vote for her simply because she is a Democrat.

“It’s a problem with this nation,” she said in October. “They don’t evaluate who they are voting for, just the party associated with it.”

First-time candidate Wheeler, who was still in shock just before midnight, said he was excited.

“I appreciate everybody that’s helped me,” he said. “We’ve had supporters come from all over the place, and I appreciate every single one of them and everything they’ve done.”

He spent election night with his wife, Cathy, and their neighbors at his subdivision’s clubhouse in west Cobb.

The July 31 GOP primary was a three-person race featuring Wheeler, Larry Darnell and Heather Ryan. Wheeler won the nomination after a runoff with Darnell.

He qualified to run for the school board seat in May and since then came in first in the July 31 Republican primary and beat long-time Cobb County resident Larry Darnell in a mid-August runoff.

Wheeler said he sought the office to help shift the school board’s focus.

“Our goal should be to provide the best education we can afford our children,” he said.

He also said he opposes Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s request to hire Teach For America teachers and favors the balanced calendar.

“It makes no sense to offer positions to recent college graduates who have not been trained when we are cutting back our current staff,” Wheeler said about TFA. “We already have quality people in these positions. We need to support them and not slap them in the face.”

According to campaign finance reports, Bartlett raised more than $5,322 and Wheeler raised more than $9,574.

The District 7 seat was the only contested Cobb school board race on Tuesday’s ballot.

Three other school board seats were decided July 31, with those victors having no opposition Tuesday. They are incumbents David Banks of District 5 in northeast Cobb and David Morgan of District 3 in southwest Cobb; and Republican Randy Scamihorn, who will take the District 1 post of northwest Cobb. The incumbent there, Lynnda Eagle, did not seek re-election.
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Woo hoo!!!
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November 07, 2012
Alison Bartlett is the ony one to blame for losing this election. Just like I teach my son and those I care for.....take responsibility for your own actions; I don't care about anyone else but YOU!!! A lack of professionalism (too many times to mention), lack of community concern and a lack of ethics is the reason for not being re-elected. I am more of a Democrat than Republican, I voted for Brad Wheeler, I made the choice based on what is best for all not for what their politics are.
rctman
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November 07, 2012
I live in Angelucci's District, and i simply cannot wait for her term to end.. I am going to make it my mission to have her ousted from office!!!!
sorry to inform
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November 08, 2012
sorry to burst your bubble, but I doubt Kathy will run again, and who would blame her after putting up with Banks, Morgan, Eagle and the shenanigans that they pull... Can't wait to sit back and continue to watch this circus play out with this board... thank goodness we are done with Cobb Schools.
Mic I
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November 07, 2012
Nice excuse, Bartlett, but Rep/Dem argument won't fly. I am registered Independent, usually vote Democrat, but proudly had a sign for Brad Wheeler in my yard, and talked to everyone I could. It's not about politics, it's about your arrogance and lack of respect for the majority of parents and teachers, as well as other board members who didn't agree with you. We're tired of a board member (and a chair at one point) who shows up to meetings looking like she just rolled out of bed and rolls her eyes whenever another board member disagrees with her. It's not about a calendar, it's about transparency, respect, and honesty. The citizens of Cobb County deserve that and we weren't getting it, so we voted you out. The other 3 up for re-election need to keep that in mind.

Party Affiliation
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November 08, 2012
With the redrawn district lines (60% republican, 40% democrat) - before it was believed that Ms. Bartlett would likely lose 60/40. She did.

It's comical to watch the calendar kooks who declared:

"Stultz, KA, and Sweeney are out of their mind if they think that they were elected because the calendar was a driving issue. They were elected because they had R's by their name, and anyone with an R next to their name will win in Cobb."

Now claim that ignoring the monkey calendar led to her downfall - not the R next to her opponent's name.

CobbDAD
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November 07, 2012
So, now the gang of 4 is down one member and lost their voting block. Now we have just have to wait 2 more years to get rid of the rest of your posse.

Stultz, you are in our sights. It will be my pleasure to see you removed from office and get back to a place where the majority DOES rule. What a nerd.
@cobbdad
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November 08, 2012
This post more than any other depicts why there is not a July 31 start calendar in Cobb.

“Nerds”: smart, industrious, hardworking, like to use their brains in their work/hobbies, calm, respectful

Anti-nerds: not so smart or industrious (like to whine/name-call), like to work with their hands, loud, disrespectful (see the Xmas song published last year by one of the anti-nerds – mocking Ms. Bartlett after she had a heart attack)

It’s been clear to anyone watching the least bit – that the July 31 start, frequent break calendar is for Anti-nerds. Nothing wrong about being an Anti-nerd; however, I think most of the county has higher hopes for their children.

West Cobb vote
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November 07, 2012
For those who have kept this community in a constant uproar over a dang calendar must be extremely bored.
WestCobb
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November 07, 2012
I am so thankful that we voted Allison Bartlett out of office. I wanted to see that happen since the day last year when a special meeting was called for a few of the board members. Allison Bartlett, Scott Sweeny, Tim Stultz and Kathleen Angelucci met to elect Allison Bartlett as Board Chairman, then turned around and voted in a new calendar they liked better than the one that was prviously voted in. That was the most underhanded public office meeting that I had ever heard of. I said that day that if I could ever vote one of them out, I would do it. I reminded everyone at school to think about that secret session when they voted. You got what you deserved Mrs. Bartlett. Now lets hope your three friends Scott Sweeny, Tim Stultz, and Kathleen Angelucci will be voted out. Unfortunately I don't live in their district, so I can't vote for their opposition.
yes WEST COBB
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November 09, 2012
Getting rid of the balanced calendar was the most underhanded thing our school board has ever done, BY FAR! Keep voting them out!!!
Due Diligence Done
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November 07, 2012
Quote from Mrs. Bartlett:

“It’s a problem with this nation,” she said in October. “They don’t evaluate who they are voting for, just the party associated with it.” See 10/29/12 MDJ article "Bartlett seeks re-election in right-leaning district".

It is this statement and a holier-than-thou attitude that cost Mrs. Bartlett the election. She insulted potential constituents by stating they don't do something that they most certainly did. This statement implies that any constituent with a differing view than hers is too stupid to know what is important. Ms. Bartlett, you were evaluated and you came up short.
Act together
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November 07, 2012
Due Dilly,

You and Teresa below should get your stories together better before posting.

Teresa makes the statement that voters have had a history of voting solely based on R/D ("... will never again let a R or D sway our School Board vote...")

Given that the new district is 60/40 R/D - exactly the same as the outcome of the election: it looks like the statistics support Ms. Bartlett's statement (and Teresa's ).

Mad Mom
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November 07, 2012
I could not agree more Due Diligence Done. Ms. Bartlett is under the delusion that this was a "party issue" when that couldn't be further than the truth. I have several friends who crossed party lines to vote for Mr. Wheeler because they wanted Ms. Bartlett off the school board.
AB is right on this
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November 08, 2012
Alison Bartlett was correct on this, that is why so many who didn't even know the issues voted in Banks, just because he was first on the ballot, and had an R and I by his name.. after talking with many voters, they now regret NOT having done their homeowork prior to voting. Anyone see WSB tv on election night interviewing a woman who said, "I voted for them if I liked their name, and his name was God, so I thought we need a God in there" Really? That kind of judgement is what will cost America... Bartlett is absolutely correct. Especially in school board races, where the party should not be an issue...John Carson, was pressured by the Good ole Republicans to endorse Wheeler, and he knew nothing about him (except that he was running on a Republican ticket. He did so because he felt that there would be no negative repercusions for him, and was asked to do it by his Republican peers (Earhart and Tippens). Sad state of politics here. Voters in Post 7 missed it on this one. We don't need another empty chair on this board, we needed Alison to continue to keep people in check, ask questions, and hold people accountable.
Ding Dong
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November 07, 2012
the wicked witch is gone!!!! ding dong!!!! the best thing that happened last night!!!! now, disappear alison
If if I ever
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November 08, 2012
supported a change to the early August calendar, I certainly don't now. There seem to be too many classless people supporting it.
Cubmaster
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November 07, 2012
Not ALL Cobb County voters want this balanced calendar. Most of us want a summer! Its not about whats best for the kids, the balanced calendar is about teachers who already get more than their fair share of time off to get some more time off..
You Have No Idea
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November 07, 2012
Sounds like the type of parent who doesn't show up at teacher conferences and is focused on themselves instead of what's best for the students and teachers. Many teachers work many more hours than the normal 40hr/wk types. At 11-12 hrs/day times 180 plus teacher work days, I know teachers who wish they had regular hours like most of the rest of you who gripe about everything, calendar included. But they do what it takes to get the job done and our Cobb student's achievements bear that out. I know one thing. You'd never last between the stress of keeping a large class of students motivated, involved and behaved day after day, while hoping what they learned is translated on the various tests because your job is on the line. Putting up with the bureaucratic crap from the various adminstrators and uninterested, overbearing, uninformed parents on occaison would send most people to another profession. Oh, and doing it for less and less money makes it even more attractive.

You have no idea.
@cubmaster
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November 07, 2012
Agree 100%
You Have No Idea...
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November 07, 2012
I meant you Cubmaster. Typical. Thank goodness I didn't let my son join given the latest revelations on the people running the Scouts.
Woo Hoo!
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November 07, 2012
Really "you have no idea?" Are you seriously attacking CubMaster and throwing the Scouts under the bus for something that happened about 30 years or so ago? Having been part of Scouting now for close to 15 years, I can tell you that I went through more scrutiny and background checks for that than I did for my job.You are depriving your son of one of the finest institutions young men have. It's not perfect - no organization is but I've watched my son grow and develop leadership skills he would not have gotten anywhere else. You, "you have no idea" is what is wrong with our society and the name calling and the viciousness that this group of Bartlett and "4" MDJ supporters are part of. You can't simply understand that it's not teachers that are calling for what's right for most of our kids but parents that saw their children successful 2 years ago. For the record - we weren't in Disney World. We were right here in Marietta catching up on homework and school work and just taking it easy.

"You have no idea"- you are a small, small person. Right on Cubmaster.
CobbDad
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November 07, 2012
You still get a summer, and "most" want a slightly shorter summer and more frequent breaks. Where did you get your "most" from? wishful thinking?

Try being a teacher, and then see if the 2 week swing doesnt make a difference.

Misconception
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November 07, 2012
I would like to clarify a common misconception about the balanced calendar giving teachers more days off. Teachers are paid for working 190 days (when there are no furlough days). We are paid no more or less for the breaks in the balanced calendar. If we don't work, we don't get paid.
rctmannn
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November 07, 2012
Cubmaster, how the heck do you come up with saying the balanced calendar gives more teachers time off? This shows how moronic you actually are. Teachers get the same amount of tine off in either calendar... Give me a break. Do your freaking homework!
Mad Mom
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November 07, 2012
I agree, Cubmaster. I want a traditional calendar with summers off so my teenagers can get a summer job and I can take classes to keep up my teaching certification. I see this balanced calendar as more of the "wussification" of our society. Life is hard - Get over it. If you need a vacation every 6 - 9 weeks then you have bigger problems than a calendar issue. Our kids' colleges and future jobs probably aren't going to be giving them a week off every 6-9 weeks. If we give them 13 years of education doing this - then they are going to come to expect it when they are older. Wake up people!
@mad mom
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November 09, 2012
I agree and am glad that Sweeney, Morgan, Stultz, and Angelucci did not support the july/early august start calendar when they heard all the facts like:

- the heavy maintenance needed for our aging buildings can't be completed in time with short summer

- 96% of students in the country are on later starting calendars - hence, job opportunities, enhanced education programs, etc. are geared to this schedule

- July/early august is too hot to start on athletic practices, etc etc.

PHiller 3
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November 07, 2012
“It’s a problem with this nation,”

Yes, not taking personal responsibility for results is a problem for many including Bartlett.

Of course, she is too self-absorbed to consider she failed.
@PHiller 3
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November 07, 2012
apparently the "P" stands for Petty
THANK YOU!
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November 07, 2012
Ms. Bartlett - Thank YOU for your professionalism, tireless work ethic and the countless hours spent: combing through the budget, SPLOST documents, construction contracts, emails, attending meetings, forums, graduations, school events…etc. These one issue voters do not understand how difficult and thankless serving in this office can be. Thank You!
anonymous
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November 07, 2012
I agree. She has seemed to take a more "balanced" approach to all the issues before the board - rather than being a rubber-stamp.
TeresainCobb
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November 07, 2012
This race was not lost because of redrawn maps; this race was lost Feb 17, 2011. This board did not listen to 75% of the citizens then, one even stating that he would not let a majority affect how he would vote. Alison Bartlett even compared the fuming parents to how the Nazi party was formed, to which she later had to apologize. When asked to make a compromise way back then, she held her hand up dismiss fully and just said no, would not happen. She and the other three, Scott Sweeny, Tim Stultz and Kathleen Angelucci all counted on us to go away and forget. We did not, we will not. One down, three to go.

Cobb County parents, when it comes to our students, these elections should not be about political parties, as we learned two years ago, it should be about our kids. This is the first election since then, and I truly believe that we as parents have learned our lesson and will never again let a R or D sway our School Board vote.

Odd?
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November 07, 2012
I wonder why if 75% of the citizens wanted the kooky July 31 calendar - why didn't Wheeler get around ~75% of the vote? hmmm, odd

I wonder why the tally was 60% - R, 40% - D for the school board post? Oh, that's right - that the R/D ratio for the area.

anonymous
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November 07, 2012
You're delusional if you thought this was about a calendar. This was because Wheeler had an R next to his name and more signs (I never saw a Bartlett sign until yesterday).

I'm a Republican, but voted for Allison. She has kept Banks, Eagle and to an extent Morgan in check since they all began to spin off the sane chart. She has a history of questioning expenditures rather than being a rubber stamp for the bureaucrats. This is what we needed. I admit I hesitated...her attendence at the Democratic events really galls me...but when Wheeler gets in and rubber stamps everything "those who spend our money without reservation" wants, you calendar people will be sorry. Oh wait a minute, no you won't because you don't care about anything except your fall trip to Disney.
East Cobber
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November 07, 2012
I agree and even as a GOP member, I was disappointed to see her go. Keeping Banks (who was voted in to keep traditional summers until he flip-flopped a year in) and Morgan (who I'm still not convinced of his integrity) in check was her full-time job.

We will lose our summers, decent teachers and loads of tax dollars. Congrats West Cobb, you can go on your Fall trip with your friends from Cherokee county on the cheap now. I can't believe we are trying to emulate Cherokee! Cherokee!!! Ugh!
@East Cobber
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November 07, 2012
I wish East Cobb would split off into its own school district. The constant whining of North and West Cobb people is tiring and their test scores are a drag.

East Cobb schools are more inline with the North Fulton schools than West/North Cobb schools.

It was good to see the E. Cobb PTA rep speak up against the July 31 calendar.
@anonymous
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November 08, 2012
well said. With all the problems in this district and the calendar is still the main issue speaks to how much we value education.

Hopefully you voted in something more than a rubber stamp. Time will tell
anonymous
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November 07, 2012
Any traditional calendar supporter running as a Republican would still have defeated Bartlett.

The district was redrawn as more than 60% Republican, which shows that people largely voted across party lines.
Let it be
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November 07, 2012
Please, let the kooks celebrate, maybe they will pipe down some.

David Morgan inexplicably missed the vote on the calendar for "personal" reasons.

hmmmmmm
Relieved in Cobb
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November 07, 2012
FINALLY. We are rid of one of the worst school board members in the state. We have suffered her agenda driven, inept leadership on the board for far too long. The poster child for what's wrong with the Cobb School System.

Now if the incoming board member Mr. Wheeler can keep his focus on education and not any personal agendas including injecting religion into the classroom or using the office as a stepping stone to higher office, we'll be fine. He's exactly right on Teach for America and the balanced calendar.

Hopefully he can be a buffer to the increasingly bad leadership by the new superintendent. This is what we get when we can't attract the best and brightest to our leadership positions. I had to point out that the Rockdale County candidate for superintendent got his doctorate online. Our leadership has been in sad shape for a while now. But, one board member at a time I guess.
Woo Hoo!
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November 07, 2012
Ms. Bartlett. This had absolutely nothing to do with the redistricting. This had everything to do with your lack of professionalism and willingness to LISTEN to your constituents. How DARE you blame it on the redrawing of the lines. I am part of the 75% that wanted what was best for our children. Looking forward to cleaning out the rest of the house in 2014 when I get to vote in Post 4. The other 3 - your time is up next. You may want to consider listening to the public for the next two short years.
Short Sighted
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November 07, 2012
Wait and see...four years of nothing but your precious calendar...you'll get what you deserve!
so glad for Wheeler
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November 07, 2012
I vote the balanced calendar, and believe that is a major reason he won!
You go gurl
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November 07, 2012
A one hit wonder! Congrats!

Cobb Voter
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November 07, 2012
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Your personal agenda was welcomed and the voters said so. The citizens of Cobb County wanted a balanced school calendar and you ignored us. Hear us NOW! Get out!
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