Decatur School Board Campaign Disclosures for October

Here are the campaign disclosures (in PDF format) for Decatur School Board candidates for the month of October.

At-Large

Valerie Wilson – Total Oct. Contributions – $3,645 / Total Oct. Contributions less than $101 – $1,695

Rob Pope – Total Oct. Contributions – $2,024 / Total Oct. Contributions less than $101 – $683

School Board District 1

Mark Wisnieski – Total Oct. Contributions – $1,570 / Total Oct. Contributions less than $101 – $525

Garrett Goebel – Total Oct. Contributions – $360 / Total Oct. Contributions less than $101 – $360

School Board District 2

Bernadette Seals – Total Oct. Contributions – $0 / Total Oct. Contributions less than $101 – $0

8 thoughts on “Decatur School Board Campaign Disclosures for October”


  1. OK. This was low-hanging fruit. Here are the profiles of 3 out of 5 of Valarie Wilson’s listed contributors.

    http://www.alston.com/harvey_hill/
    Mr. Hill has been lead counsel for both buyers and sellers in all types of business combinations, including private and public transactions, reinsurance arrangements, purchases and sales of divisions, joint ventures of all kinds, and mergers of law firms. Mr. Hill has over 40 years of experience in business negotiations, particularly in negotiating complicated indemnities and purchase price earn-outs.

    James Case of Uzun & Case
    Uzun & Case is a structural design firm based in Atlanta specializing in large commercial buildings and creative engineering projects.
    We have an extensive portfolio of higher education, science, institutional, governmental, health care, high-rise, office parking, hotel, public use and retail buildings. Having completed projects in excess of $300 million and 2.2 million square feet, our organization is capable of handling the full range of our clients’ structural engineering needs.

    John Somerhalder – AGL Resources
    As the second oldest company in Georgia, Atlanta Gas Light and its parent, AGL Resources, are not content to do business in the same old way. Today, AGL Resources is positioned to become one of the nation’s preeminent distributors of natural gas, providing service through six utilities, two gas storage facilities and an asset management company. We are a Fortune 1000 company that ranks No. 40 in the Fortune gas and utilities sector.
    http://people.forbes.com/profile/john-w-somerhalder/2221

    Philip Rubin works for rDialogue which some type of public relations firm. I didn’t really understand what they do.

  2. This is interesting reading. Clearly running for School Board takes an enormous commitment of time and money, not compared of course to big city elections, but it’s more than just running for PTA Vice-president!

  3. Fyi, the people who have donated more than $101 to Valarie’s campaign are members of the Beltline Inc. Board of Directors. Valarie is the executive director of the Beltline Inc., and the Chair of her board sent out a notice to the rest of their board members asking them to support Valarie in her run to be re-elected. They know that the work of school boards everywhere is very important work, and they wanted to support her continued efforts in as a BOE member in Decatur.

  4. Since the request came to the whole board, it isn’t a big leap to think that most of her contributions came from outside the community then, since we are only seeing the $101+ contributions. Why would an elected official of 8 years turn to outside her community for funding? Who is she representing?

    1. Gosh, when did it become so wrong to ask your friends and colleagues to make a donation for your political campaign? Or is this just some bizarre Decatur thing? Who cares?

      This just wreaks of a desperate, day before the election, typical political smear attack. You are losing, so smear her motives and question her commitment.

      Why don’t you judge her based on her 8 year record of service to our schools and our community?

      1. Pete, this statement is kinda funny in relation to your other recent statements to Boykin. Watch this…

        Gosh, when did it become so wrong to [have a business outside the city limits]? Or is this just some bizarre Decatur thing? Who cares?

        This just wreaks of a desperate, day before the election, typical political smear attack. You are losing, so smear [his] motives and question [his] commitment.

        Why don’t you judge [him] based on [his more than] 8 year record of service to our community?

      2. It isn’t a last minute anything. The campaign disclosures just came out. And I had read previous posts regarding the external funding concerns regarding the City Commission campaign. Whether you think that donors have an affect on the future agenda of an elected official is personal, but it helps to have the information.

  5. Valarie actually has a hard time asking people for money. I can assure you though that all but one of the contributions below $101 came from inside Decatur.

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