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Meet Muscogee County School Board District 4 candidates

Toyia Tucker and Naomi Buckner  (Source: WTVM) Toyia Tucker and Naomi Buckner (Source: WTVM)

The campaigns are heating up with a little less than a week until Election Day.

The race for the District Seat 4 on the Muscogee County School Board is pitting current seat holder Naomi Buckner against newcomer, Toyia Tucker.

News Leader 9’s Sharifa Jackson takes a closer look at the two women. One hoping to gain, the other hoping to keep the district seat.

Toyia Tucker is a new name in the upcoming election ballot, but hardly a new face. From school board meetings, city council meetings and various volunteer initiatives throughout the community.

Tucker, a graduate of Carver High School, with a son at Kendrick High School, says she sees and deals first-hand the problems District 4 students face.

“Out of the six schools, five schools are failing. Why are we failing? What things can we do to help improve those failing rates, what do we need to do to support teachers, support administration, what do we need to do to support the parents,” said Tucker.

Tucker who calls herself a change-maker is going off the slogan we deserve better and hopes to bring that change to ‘what she calls’ a struggling district.

“We deserve better! And when I say we deserve better, I mean everyone. The students, the parents, the teachers, this community. We deserve better,” said Tucker.

On the other side of the ballot is long-standing District 4 seat holder, Naomi Buckner.

Buckner is holding her current title for the past 15 years. With a four-decade career in education, she says her track record speaks for itself.

“I’m very qualified to do the job, my years of teaching experience has helped me to understand what education is about, what kids need, and what schools need,” said Buckner.

With two different backgrounds, both candidates say they are willing to take a stand on key issues like focusing on failing and underperforming schools, accountability, and district students success.

“It’s a village concept and I believe the village concept could be taken to the school board as well. So we all need to work together to help our students because it’s about student success,” said Tucker.

“The school district should prepare students to go to college or the workplace, and we do that through vocational ed, I think we need more vocational ed,” said Buckner.

District 4 covers from Dawson Elementary School, up to Forrest Road Elementary School.

Election Day is less than a week away, May 22.

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