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19 January 2010

Democrat Beth Farokhi Campaigns For State School Superintendent In Albany

Educator Beth Farokhi took her campaign for state school superintendent south, Monday, and earned kind words from a local state Senator in the process.

After spending more than 30 years in education, the 61-year-old Farokhi said she felt “compelled” to serve in an elected position. Farokhi, who now lives in Marietta, said she had served with multiple nonprofit organizations over the years on local, state and national levels.

“When I retired from Georgia State University (as an administrator in 2005), I decided I had too much knowledge, experience and leadership ability to not step up,” said Farokhi, who’s married to Morris Brown College political science professor N.R. Farokhi and has three grown children. “As an eighth-generation Georgian, I’m compelled to give back to the state. I truly believe in public service.”

State Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, D-Albany, joined Farokhi during her visit to the area, which included attending the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration event at the Albany Civic Center Monday night. Farokhi plans to continue her Southwest Georgia visit today with individual appointments.

“Immediately talking to her, she has the care and concern that we’ve needed for years, especially in state education. Her dedication that she’s given over the years speaks to that,” said Sims, a former educator.

Fowler, Ethan (2010-1-18). State superintendent candidate campaigns in Albany. Albany Herald. Retrieved on 2010-1-19.

Farokhi faces two opponents in the July 20th Democratic primary; Jeff Scott and Brian Westlake.