However, while an unsuccessful Clayton County Commission incumbent described his runoff lost as reflective of a “sea of change” throughout the metro area, Garrett sees her reelection campaign was “sabotaged from the beginning.”
“My yard signs being delayed in getting to me and then someone, or some group, who wanted me off the board going around and pulling up some of my signs, we were going against obstacles we had no control over,” she said.
Although her tenure as a board member may have closed, Garrett said her mission for seeking a board of education seat in the first place has not changed.
“From the start, my mission has been to be where I could do the most good for the greatest number of our children,” she said.
“I want to be known as someone who made a positive difference in the educational lives of our students and one who was able to get more parents involved in their children’s educational pursuits.” Garrett said.
Although she said she would not have changed her reelection campaign strategy but, if she had been reelected, she said she would have been more talkative at board meetings.
“Whether I am on the board or not, I will continue to fight for our children because I do not have to be seen to be heard,” Garrett said.
In regard to her future, she plans to return to school in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree while remaining the chief executive officer of her nonprofit, “Putting the Past Behind Us Inc.,” an organization dedicated to the welfare of children who, like herself, have been sexually abused.
In addition, she said she was looking forward to living, “without my life being under a microscope.”
“I want all the people of District 7 to know how grateful to them I am for their support while I was on the board,” she said.
“It has been an honor to serve them as a true advocate for our children,” she added.
However, she had a piece of advice for voters.
“Really got to know the candidates and their goals and plans to achieve those goals,” Garrett said.
“Never just vote for someone because of their campaign slogan or information they have on their campaign literature,” she added.