Our Local Candidates
Making Fannin County Democrats Proud
I am an 8th generation Georgia native and have resided in the North Georgia mountains for over 35 years. It has been a blessing to live and work in the north Georgia communities of Dalton to Ringgold and now Morganton. Currently, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I assist individuals living with mental health disorders and substance use disorders. I earned a Master of Social Worker degree from Kennesaw State. I have been serving Georgians for over 30 years. As a social worker, I have witnessed how a community’s challenges can affect a person’s quality of life such as a lack of affordable housing, few jobs that pay a living wage, limited choices in public transportation, and lack of a public library to meet the needs of almost 26,000 residents. However, I have also witnessed how generous and giving the Fannin County community can be when others are in need. Our local community has many strengths and assets that we can build on to improve the quality of life for all our neighbors.
My training as a social worker has given me the knowledge, skills, and values to help individuals improve their quality of life. Also, my training has given me the tools to work with citizens in making positive changes in our community. As a commissioner, I want to collaborate with citizens in order to serve the public interest. After all commissioners are elected to represent the people and provide a safe and healthy community for all.
As your Commissioner, I plan to govern by keeping the community informed of ongoing projects, needs, and financial issues. A town hall or community forums, written monthly updates, and quarterly newsletters are a few actions that can help inform citizens as well as gain input from citizens.
I look forward to talking with the citizens of Fannin County and listening to your concerns.
Dixie L. Carter
Candidate for Post I Commissioner
My teaching career began in 1977 in New Jersey, following graduation from Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education. I taught in Texas and Oregon, before moving to Blue Ridge to enjoy retirement after 32 years in the teaching profession.
Early in my experiences, I realized that teaching was not just a job or career, it was my calling. I loved the day-to-day challenges of being with students, sharing knowledge with them. More than that, however, I strove to teach them to be kind, honest, hard working students of the highest integrity. I was never disappointed! Running as a candidate for the Fannin County School Board is a way for me to share my expertise and education with the community that has become my home.
My platform seemed simple until life changed drastically with the coming of Covid-19. Some things, however, cannot change if we are to continue to be an outstanding school district in the state of Georgia. We must:
Have a vision for our district even in uncertain times.
Continue to communicate with our community, keeping them informed of progress, changes, and challenges.
Advocate for our district, and for all public education at the local, state, and federal levels.
Finally, and most importantly, we must focus on what is best for our students, instituting programs and implementing policies that ensure the success of ALL students.
Our partners in this endeavor are our district personnel, especially those on the front lines, our parents, and our at-large community. Together we will get through these uncertain times, and have the satisfaction of knowing that ours is a district where students, parents, teachers, staff, and our community are all committed to one goal....the continued excellence in education we have here in the Fannin County School District!
To learn more about me and my ideas for Fannin County, I hope you will visit my Facebook page: Kathy Smyth for School Board 2020, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate for Fannin County School Board