… That is, if Michael Thurmond decides to get in, possibly making a decision as soon as this week.
On Sunday night, I reached out to both Thurmond and Georgia Democratic Party chair DuBose Porter, but didn’t hear back from them, likely due to the lateness of the hour.
I know that Porter is officially supposed to carry a candidate-neutral stance. But to his credit, the chairman is wisely supporting candidates who have a chance of respectable electoral showings [i.e., Michelle Nunn instead of Steen Miles, et al].
And Thurmond definitely qualifies in that regard, automatically becoming the favorite to win the Democratic primary. State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan is the only Democrat of note who is seeking John Barge’s job, and she has no chance against whoever wins the GOP nod (for a Republican incumbent, Barge has a lot of people from his own party who want his job.)
Thurmond took over as interim DeKalb school superintendent after the system was on the verge of losing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. By most accounts, he’s done all the right things — countless meetings with parents, students and teachers to restore confidence in the system, working with a new school board after Gov. Deal removed a majority of them for their childish bickering and incompetence, etc.
Sure, there’s been bumps along the way, and Thurmond has taken his share of hits. But the former Labor Commissioner knows the game of politics more than most, and he’s got an enviable network of supporters stretching back over several decades.
We’ll see if he wants to finish what he started in DeKalb, or get back in the game of statewide politics.