In a surprising move, Cobb County School Board Member Dr. Jaha Howard, a Democrat filed on Sunday to run for state school superintendent currently held by Republican, Richard Woods.

Howard who owns a successful dental practice in Smyrna, was first elected to the school board in 2018 and has been at the center of controversy over race and COVID protocols in Cobb County Schools.

If elected, Howard would be the chief executive officer of the Georgia Department of Education and oversees the state’s K-12 public education system. If elected Howard would be charged with instituting the policies of the state Board of Education and managing operations for the school system.

According to the paperwork filed with the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission, Howard registered on Sunday with his campaign chairperson and treasurer as Katie Killeen, who worked previously with Cobb County Commissioner, Jerica Richardson.

We have reached out to Dr. Howard for a statement at the time for print.

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