Cynthia Briscoe Brown
Cynthia Briscoe Brown

After a long campaign season, Cynthia Briscoe Brown finally got a chance to rest after defeating incumbent school board Chairman Reuben McDaniel in the Dec. 3 runoffs.

Brown, the former co-president of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools and an attorney living in Buckhead, said she hasn’t spoken to the chairman yet. When the Buckhead Reporter caught up with her Wednesday afternoon, she had just finished training with the Georgia School Board Association to prepare for her role as the next Seat 8 At-Large representative on the Atlanta Board of Education.

Brown defeated McDaniel in a landslide, receiving 9,885 votes. McDaniel received 5,125 votes.

“I think it was just that so many people shared our vision of how much better Atlanta Public Schools can be for every child and it was a complete grass roots campaign,” Brown said.   “I have never been the big money candidate in this race.”

Brown said she also had a secret weapon: brownies.

“We gave out 5,000 brownies,” Brown said. “I had a campaign staffer whose job title was ‘Brownie Brigadier.’ She corralled volunteers to bake and package 5,000 brownies.”

Each package had a label that said, “It’s a Cynthia Briscoe Brownie.”

“We passed these out at arts festivals, soccer games and car pool lines,” Brown said. “Everywhere we could. It turned out to be a huge plus for the campaign.”

Brown will be sworn into office in January.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of