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East Cobb Democrat announces candidacy for Cobb school board


Local political activist Laura Judge has announced her campaign for the Cobb Board of Education. 

Judge, the parent of two Cobb County School District students,  is running for the Post 5 seat currently held by four-term Republican David Banks, and that includes the Walton, Wheeler, and Pope high school clusters.

Judge, a Democrat who lives in the Walton High School district, filed her declaration to run for the Post 5 Seat of the Cobb Board of Education in 2023 back in March.

Republican four-term board member David Banks currently holds the seat, but he has indicated to other media sources that he is undecided about seeking re-election.

As a community activist, Judge leads the citizen-based group, Watching the Funds-Cobb, which has been critical of Cobb County School District’s financial and spending priorities. Judge frequently speaks during public comment periods at Cobb school board meetings about school safety and financial responsibility. Judge works with Georgia for Moms Demand Action, which lobbies to prevent and reduce gun violence. She also serves as the education chair for Cobb Commissioner Jerica Richardson’s District 2 citizens cabinet.

In her press release announcing her campaign Judge said,“I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the Cobb County School Board. While our East Cobb schools are some of the best in not only the county, but the state and nation, community members still have questions regarding financial decisions, literacy concerns, school safety, and discipline issues.”

On the current seat holder, Judge said, “while I appreciate that the incumbent Mr. Banks has dedicated close to 16 years of service, it is time for a change that will bring in a knowledgeable and dedicated parent that represents the community.”

The 2024 primaries will be held next May.


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