Raynard Johnson is an Atlanta native and 1977 graduate of Southwest High School (currently Mays High School).

Johnson says he is running to implement new policies like giving free wifi access to all APS students and employees, expanding vocational education opportunities and after-school enrichment programs.

“I will fight to increase educational outcomes for all of our students. I’m a native Atlantan and a graduate of Atlanta Public Schools. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and there are no other board members with a technology background. Given our situation now with COVID, I think it’s critical that we have access to free wifi for students.”






Erika Y. Mitchell (I) is an Atlanta native and graduate of Fulton County Schools. She has served on the board of education since 2017. She was also elected to be secretary for the National Black Council of School Board Members and vice-chair on the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education’s Steering Committee.

Mitchell wants to advocate for more academic and emotional support services for students. She also wants to make sure that the strategic plan the board adopted last year is fully implemented.

“I want people to vote for me because of my track record, for the vision I have for our students and families. I want people to vote for me because I want to continue to serve and meet them where they are.”


(Photo Credit: Erika Mitchell)

Madeline Thigpen is an education reporter and Report for America Corps Member. She joined the Atlanta Voice in 2021. At the Voice she covers K-12 education for the Atlanta metro region and higher education....