On the campaign trail: Woods to run again for school superintendent

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Richard Woods, who narrowly missed winning the Republican primary in 2010, will run again for state school superintendent next year.

Woods, a former teacher and school principal from Irwin County, has already launched a campaign website and announced his intention of entering the GOP primary.

Woods lost the 2010 primary election by a little more than 16,000 votes to John Barge, who went on to win the general election. Barge says he will run for governor next year rather than try for a second term as school superintendent.

Woods opposed federal involvement in public education during that 2010 campaign and apparently will follow a similar path in 2014.

On his campaign website, he opposes the Common Core curriculum standards and says he will “Be wary to accept any policy or legislation that is approved or sponsored by the federal government. We must protect our Constitutional right to govern education.”

Legislative qualifying

Qualifying for the special legislative elections scheduled for Nov. 5 will end at 12 noon on Wednesday.

Here are the candidates who have formally qualified as of Tuesday afternoon:

Senate District 14: Nicole Ebbeskotte, 42 of Woodstock, a former employee of the Cherokee County sheriff’s department, and Dwight Pullen, 53, of Canton, an educator. Both them are running as Republicans.

House District 100: No qualifiers.

House District 104: Teresa Cantrell, 53, a Dacula business owner; Chuck Efstration, 30, a Dacula attorney; Tim Puckett, 61, a retired postmaster from Buford; and Todd Tyson, 51, a Dacula business owner. All of them are running as Republicans.

House District 127: Diane B. Evans, 52, a retired educator from Avera; Dianne Murphy, 61, an Augusta educator; and Brian Prince, 49, an Augusta military retiree. All are running as Democrats.

Hice endorsement

Jody Hice, a talk show host who is one of several Republicans running in the 10th Congressional District, said he’s received an endorsement from Georgia Right to Life, the anti-abortion organization.

“I am a strong advocate of the sanctity of human life and I will be a consistent pro-life leader in Congress,” Hice said.

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