Mark Cantrell

A retired United States Army colonel who intended to make a bid for a contested seat on the Muscogee County School Board is stepping aside before he even worked up a sweat.

On April 6, Col. Robert M. Roth qualified to run for the District 6 school board position. Over the weekend, in a surprising email that he shared with supporters and friends, the first time candidate announced his decision to withdraw from the race because of “unforeseen and unpredictable events.”


Dr. Eddie Obleton

“I was just about to ramp up my campaign,” Roth wrote. “I have contacted Jeanette James (of the Muscogee County Board of Elections and Registation) and asked her what paperwork I need to complete to formally withdraw.”

Roth’s departure will leave incumbent Mark Cantrell and former MCSD educator and Russell County assistant principal Eddie Obleton as the remaining candidates in the District 6 race.

The election is May 22. Advanced voting begins April 30 and continues until May 18.



District 2

Mike Edmondson

Cheryl McCraine

John “Bart” Steed


District 4

Naomi Buckner (i)

Toyia Tucker


District 6

Mark Cantrell (i)

Eddie Obleton


District 8

Frank Myers (i)

Dr. Philip Schley



Kia Chambers (i)

Tony McCool

(i) Incumbent

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Richard Hyatt joined 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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