ALBANY — In a somewhat surprising move, 12-year Dougherty County School Board member David Maschke announced Wednesday that he will not seek a fourth term on the board.
Maschke, who represents District 1, said he is choosing to focus on his family and career rather than pursue another term on the School Board.
“I began serving in January 2001,” Maschke said. “I have expended a tremendous amount of time, energy, resources and my own personal money serving the citizens of this community. I want to now concentrate on my family and my architectural career. It is time for someone else to step forward to assume the responsibility of serving the students, parents, teachers and taxpayers of District 1.
“Serving on the school board is grueling and time-consuming, as well as mentally and physically taxing.”
Maschke added, “I will continue to serve out the remainder of my term with the same commitment and vigor with which I have always served.”
Elected to the BOE in 2000 after defeating Jerry Plowden, Maschke has also served as board chairman.
His decision not to seek re-election leaves Milton “June Bug” Griffin, who was also elected in 2000, as the senior member of the board.
In addition to District 1, three other BOE seats will be at stake in November’s general election: seats held by at-large member Anita Williams-Brown, District 3 member Velvet Riggins and District 5 Board Chairman James Bush.
Willson Hospice House Medical Director Dr. Lane Price has qualified for the seat currently held by Williams-Brown, while late Wednesday, Manswell Peterson, who finished third in the 2004 Senate 151 Democratic primary to Freddie Powell Sims and Lawrence Roberts, said he is considering a run at Maschke’s soon-to-be empty District 1 seat.
“I think that David has done a tremendous job on the local school board,” Peterson said. “I am putting out some feelers now, but I am 95 percent sure I will run. I think we need some new faces on the board, and I think I have a chance to make that happen.”