The race for Georgia state school superintendent is like musical chairs. There are way too many entries for what’s available. When the music stops on Election Day on May 20, one candidate has as good a shot as any. That’s exaggeration only by a little.

Superintendent is the only open seat for a statewide office this year. And there is raging controversy in education and government circles about statewide policy. Still there are few signs that voters are paying any mind to the nine Republicans and six Democrats seeking the seat of current superintendent and gubernatorial candidate John Barge.

Race could be the underlying theme in a positive way. Attorney and education activist Ashley Bell (a man) is from Hall County. A former Democrat, the African-American Bell has advantages. The state and even national GOP establishments are pushing him as a black that can convert middle class blacks to the Republican side. 

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