Cynthia Briscoe Brown
Cynthia Briscoe Brown

Atlanta Board of Education Seat 8 At-Large candidate Cynthia Briscoe Brown is getting an endorsement from one of Buckhead’s most influential nonprofit organizations.

The Buckhead Coalition, headed by former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell, has endorsed Brown in the Dec. 3 runoff election. Brown, former president of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools, is running against against Reuben McDaniel, the incumbent and chairman of the school board.

McDaniel faced significant opposition this year from the Buckhead community. McDaniel received a barrage of criticism for his alleged role in an investigation into institutional racism at North Atlanta High School. The investigation found no evidence of institutional racism at the school.

The Coalition previously endorsed Mark Riley in that race, but Riley came in third. McDaniel survived against four challengers, winning 36.7 percent of the vote, and making it to the Dec. 3 runoff against Brown, who received 25.8 percent of the vote.

Here is the Coalition’s announcement about its endorsement of Brown.


Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell has joined others in issuing an endorsement of Cynthia Briscoe Brown’s candidacy for the Board of Education Post 8 At-large position.

The Coalition raised over $50,000 from its Members to fund its Better Community Political Action Committee which has been successful in choosing the winners in the races for Mayor, President of the Council, and thirteen of the fourteen City Council seats.

In addition, three of the Board of Education candidates endorsed by the Buckhead Coalition’s PAC won their races and three came in first in run-offs, which will be decided December 3rd.

In all cases, this BC PAC endorsed incumbents in City Council contests, and non-incumbents in Board of Education contests.  Former Atlanta Mayor Massell acknowledged deliberations included strong sentiment opposed to recent history of the Atlanta Public Schools as a reason to start anew.

Dan Whisenhunt

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