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Early voting is underway across the state, and in Houston County there are five spots open on the school board. There are five spots open on the ballot, but only two posts have several candidates running.

13WMAZ's Jennifer Moulliet introduces you to those vying for Post 6 at large.

Meet Sheila Ashley, she's a pastor in the community and also serves as co-PTO president at Northside Elementary. She says she wants to make the school board more approachable by acting as an advocate for those with unique needs.
Ashley says she struggled to find the right resources for her own special needs daughter when she was in the school system, and hopes to help others going through the same thing.

"I don't think we have anyone right now that has truly, truly given their all to children with special needs and disabilities. I would like to see teachers trained in being able to assist children with special needs and disabilities so those teachers can better give to those students with special needs the winning edge," says Ashley.

Next on the ballot for Post 6, Griff Clements. He's a surveyor and utility engineer for the city of Warner Robins. Clements also served on the school board from 2003 to 2010, but was knocked out of the seat after a runoff with Jim Maddox. He says he wants to finish what he started.

"I think I'm better qualified, because I have done it for eight years. I've owned and operated a business so I'm aware of budgets, I know how money works. I'd just like to make sure that the money is being spent properly, and we get the best bang for our buck," says Clements.

The third candidate running for the Post 6 spot on Houston's school board is Perry business owner, Hoke Morrow.
Morrow is president of Hoke's Heating and Air, and he's no stranger to the Houston county school system. He serves on Perry Middle's school council and is a community wrestling coach.
"I deal with the public everyday, even though I'm in business for myself, my customers are my boss, and that's the way the board will be as well. We're here for the people. We have to appease the customer, we have to go in and make things right, and I think I have that ability to diffuse situations that are very volatile," explains Morrow.

Each of the three candidates think they're the best choice for the job.

"This is not about politics, this is not about campaigning for a seat. For me, this is passion," says Ashley.

Clements says, "I'm passionate about the kids education, I grew up in a family of educators, I feel like I need to give back to the community that's done so much for me."

"I am what I am. I'm honest, trustworthy, common-sensical. I believe I can bring a positive attitude to the community and just keep us moving forward," says Morrow.

Early elections continue through next Friday, May 16th and Election day is May 20th.

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