o Name, age: Cynthia Briscoe Brown, 52
o Occupation: Attorney
o Education: bachelor’s degree in modern literature and religion from Davidson College, 1983; law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1986
o Political experience: First time running for public office; has served as a leader on parent groups
o Family: husband Jim; children Caroline, 21, and Palmer, 17
o Why are you the best choice? “I’m the only candidate whose children have attended APS schools K-12 without interruption. My breadth and depth of perspective come from years of service citywide at every level. I have the knowledge of where we’ve been, appreciation of where we are, and new ideas to move us together into a brighter future for each and every child.”
o Top three issues: Develop a cohesive, coherent APS vision and mission, hire a superintendent who collaborates with the board and all stakeholders and put APS’ financial house in order
o Net campaign funds through Oct. 25: $1,364.20 ($28,036.00 received, $26,671.80 spent)
o Campaign website: www.cynthiabriscoebrown.com.
o Name, age: Reuben McDaniel III, 52
o Occupation: president and CEO of Atlanta-based asset management company RM Capital Management
o Education: bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1984; master’s degree in finance from the University of Texas, 1988.
o Political experience: Elected in 2009; served as the school board chairman for past two years
o Family: one daughter
o Why are you the best choice? “I’ve spent a lot of time working throughout the city. While my daughter goes to North Atlanta High School, I’m interested in educating the entire city. … For the past two years I have been chair, we have had a board that truly is taking the collective nine opinions and making them into policy. … We are challenging the issues, not just signing off on them. “Once we come up with a path, we move lockstep with that path.”
o Top issues: improving graduation rates and having a responsible fiscal 2014 budget
o Net campaign funds through Oct. 25: $10,442.57 net cash on hand ($73,264.00 received, $62,821.43 spent)
o Campaign website: www.reubenmcdaniel.com.