A Straw Poll And…..The Rest of The Story

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Mar 2, 2014 6 Comments ›› Re-Elect Brian Sloan

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photo-vote-concept-handdrawn-ballot-box-green-chalkboard-image37452330Recently Gainesville hosted a debate for the candidates for Georgia U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss. It was a big night for politics. In addition, a straw poll was done in the room that evening for the local races. For the Post 2 Board of Education poll, Brian did not win the most votes that night. He addresses that issue here:

“People are asking me about the straw poll at the recent Senate debate and why I came up short in that poll. And also my opponent is really trying to make some political hay over it – and I don’t blame him. He did win in that particular room, on that particular night – congratulations to him. But, as Paul Harvey always said…Here’s the rest of the story…

I had planned to go to the Senate debate, put on my “Official School Board Badge,” shake hands, and speak to as many folks as possible – “work the room” as it is sometimes stated. It’s not that I don’t enjoy those events. I love talking to the people and getting their feedback. However, my plans got changed when one of the High schools within the Post that I represent, Johnson high, played well into the state basketball tournament and had a playoff game on the same night at the same time.

There’s no way that I would make the decision to miss that game and not support those boys, and those coaches that I’ve known for so long. In my position on the Board, with the relationship I have with people in that school, it would have been absolutely wrong for me, as their Board Rep. to miss that game just to get to that Senate Debate and and make sure I did Okay in a straw poll that means little.

In other words, that night I was absent from the room where the poll was taken because I had to DO my job as a school board member rather than do the political thing to try to keep my job.” I’m convinced that the voters of Hall County would want me to place the responsibilities of my job and students above political maneuvering.

So, for all my supporters, I wouldn’t worry too much about a small straw poll in a room where I wasn’t even in attendance.”



  1. Eddie Millwood says:


    Thank you for supporting the Johnson student-athletes at the game just as you have supported ALL Hall a County students during your time on the board. I appreciate your dedication and commitment to Hall County schools.

    • Re-Elect Brian Sloan says:

      Thanks Eddie,

      I appreciate your kind words. I hope to continue to serve Hall County another 4 years.

  2. Myra Benefield says:

    Brian i saw you at that ball game along with Casey Cagle!!!! Thank God we get to support a local team that went as far as Johnson this year!!! My body was hurting after working all day but I went for support win or lose! That’s just you Brian doing what is right!!!!i. It is just you &’your family doing what is RIGHT!!!

  3. Myra Benefield says:

    You are the best! I am 70 but well informed ! We need you back as – seasoned worker!!!!!

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