A former principal and system-wide administrator in Muscogee County wants to join the race for the local board of education. Dr. Eddie Obleton — an educator for nearly 40 years —will become the third candidate in District 6, joining incumbent Mark Cantrell and newcomer Robert Roth.

Obleton started as a teacher and then spent nine years as principal at Marshall Middle School and Shaw High School before becoming Chief of Student Services in Muscogee County. He left the MCSD in 2010 to join Columbus State University as a Professor of Education, a position he held for six years. He is currently assistant principal at Russell County High School.

The veteran educator said Wednesday he has been told that if he is elected to the school board he can continue to work in Russell County. “There is already a member of the board who works for a school district outside of Muscogee County and my job is out of state,” he said.

Obleton referred to District 4 representative Naomi Buckner, a special education teacher in Chattahoochee County. Buckner is also up for reelection in 2018, but currently has no opposition.

The local election is May 22.

Here is the unofficial ballot as of Feb. 28.


Mayor of Columbus

Danny Arencibia

Beth Harris

Berry “Skip” Henderson

Charles Roberts


Columbus Council

District 1

Jerry “Pops” Barnes (i)

Gregory Blue


District 3

Bruce Huff (i)

Juanita Upshaw

District 5

Charmaine Crabb

District 7

Siavosh Etemadi

Jeremy Hobbs

Evelyn “Mimi” Woodson (i)

District 9 At-Large

Regina Liparoto

Judy Thomas (i)

District 10 At-Large

John House

Tollie Strode



Muscogee County School Board


District 2

Bart Steed

District 4

Naomi Buckner (i)

District 6

Mark Cantrell (i)

Eddie Obleton

Robert Roth

District 8

Dr. Philip Schley


Kia Chambers (i)

(i) Incumbent
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Richard Hyatt joined allongeorgia.com after spending more than 40 years as an award-winning newsman at the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus. He started his newspaper career at the Atlanta Times and Atlanta Constitution and also worked for Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Hawks. He is the author of 18 non-fiction books. A native of Atlanta, he attended Georgia State University and graduated from Columbus State University. Hyatt is married to the former Kaye Howell and is the father of three daughters, including Kamryn, a bubbly fourth grader.


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