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take a raise with the econ­omy like it is and then turn around and sign a con­tract with a hefty raise. I could not in good con­science al­low my­self to do that. Also, as a pas­tor and vol­un­teer here in the county, I could not see my­self not con­tinue serv­ing in the ar­eas I am presently serv­ing in. I do plan on fu­ture runs in the next elec­tion for a county-wide of­fice.”

Up­com­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews said that he did not take a pay raise to come to Newton County, leav­ing a po­si­tion in Vir­ginia where he made $187,761 and ac­cept­ing the po­si­tion here for $159,400.

Walden also said that he had a hard time get­ting an­swers to some ques­tions he posed to cur­rent BOE mem­bers and felt “shunned.” He also said, “I didn’t have the fi­nances to run like my op­po­nent whose fam­ily is very in­volved in pol­i­tics here in Cov­ing­ton,” speak­ing of Abi­gail Mor­gan-Cog­gin who is also run­ning for the seat.


said that she un­der­stood Walden’s feel­ings of not be­ing able to “con­tinue serv­ing in the ar­eas he is presently serv­ing in.”

“One of my con­cerns in mak­ing the de­ci­sion to run for of­fice was the time com­mit­ment and how it would af­fect my chil­dren. Af­ter much thought, I made my de­ci­sion to run know­ing that, yes, it would af­fect my chil­dren; how­ever, if I stood by and didn’t take the op­por­tu­nity to be a voice in the ed­u­ca­tion of Newton County schools stu­dents, I would be do­ing more harm than good.

“I wish Mr. Walden the best in all of his fu­ture en­deav­ors and look for­ward to get­ting to know Ms. [Sharon] Sawyer. The one com­mon fac­tor we all three pos­sess is our de­sire to make the Newton County Pub­lic Schools the best they can be. Re­gard­less if I am elected to serve as the District 5 rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion or not, I prom­ise that I will do what­ever I can to ac­com­plish this goal.”

Sawyer said she is grate­ful for the con­fi­dence Walden has shown in her and thank­ful for his sup­port.

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