Another D428 school board forum March 21 at University Village

March 12, 2019

DeKALB – Joseph Mitchell, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, would love to tell you who he liked in Monday night’s forum for candidates in the DeKalb District 428 school board race.

He can’t, though, without showing bias leading up to another forum, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 21 in the community room at University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road.

“If people come, sit down and listen, people will separate themselves, and you’ll see it easily and quickly,” Mitchell said Tuesday morning. “I’d rather have them drink the water, and I’ll just lead them to it.”

He said certain candidates were clearly well-versed in the district’s diversity plan, and the importance of striking a balance between keeping property taxes as low as possible while equipping schools with the staff and resources they need.

Mitchell said the chief reason for hosting an event at University Village is the transportation issues residents face. He said many children in the complex attend D428 schools, and their parents need to know their candidates.

“It’s important events like these happen in communities that are often forgotten about,” Mitchell said.

The church hosted a forum at the church itself two years ago, and it was well-attended, Mitchell said, although that featured a mayoral race and multiple contested seats for DeKalb City Council – whereas this year the only contested race is in the 3rd Ward, where former Alderman Steve Kapitan and DeKalb police officer Tracy Smith are vying for the seat.

Dan Kenney, founder and executive director for DeKalb County Community Gardens, will moderate the March 21 forum.

The spring election is April 2, although early voting has been open for weeks. For more information on the upcoming forum, call New Hope at 815-756-7906.