Box 3, Folder 17, Document 47

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Monday, July 14, 1969

TheAtlantaZourmal 75-A

Mrs. Cofer

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Race for School Board

Mrs. June Cofer, chairman of
the Model Cities education sub-
committee, has announced she
is a candidate for the First
Ward seat on the Atlanta Board
af Education.

Mrs. Cofer launched her cam-
paign Saturday at a barbecue
given in the front yard of her
home at 443 Oakland Ave. SE.

What she described as a
“grass roots” affair attracted
several dozen supporters, both
Negro and white, from the sev-
eral neighborhocds composing
Aflanta’s Model Cities Area. -

Mrs. Cofer, who is white, will
have Robert Waymer, a Negro
and a former official of Eco-
nomic ity Atlanta, Inc.,
the antipeverty agency, as her
eampaign manager.

SHE SEEKS the school board

seat now occupied by Ed 8.
Cook Sr. She is not “running
against” Cook, she said, but is
running for the school board
post because “‘I feel it truly nec-
essary that we have some repre-
sentation of ordinary citizens on
the school board.” :

“What I have been saying,”
she said, “is that my friends
asked me to run, my enemies
dared me to run, and the condi-
tion of the school system today
forced me to run.”

Mrs. Cofer also is chairman of
another Model Cities committee,

that advising on development of
the headquarters complex heing
developed at the intersection of
Washington Street and Georgia

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