Special Assignment: BOE candidate Venus Cain

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November 23, 2006

Voters return to the polls on December 5 for runoff elections.

One of those races is Richmond County's Super District 9 school board race.

The two candidates are current school board member A.K. Hasan and logistics specialist Venus Cain.

Although it was her first bid for Richmond County's District 9 school board seat, 50-year-old Venus Cain finished a respectable second to Hasan.

"We were watching the numbers come in, and I was getting kind of nervous for a minute, wondering if I was going to be able to hold that percentage," Cain told News 12.

Turns out, she was able to...which sparked a runoff election.

Come December 5, you'll decide whether this logistics specialist will unseat her opponent with five years experience.

But Cain isn't intimidated. Her advantage, she says, is the fact that she's a working mother.

"I understand how hard it is for us to work, to be able to attend the functions that go on at the school. I understand how hard it is for a mother, when you pick up the phone, you're not getting the responses or the questions answered that you want."

That is precisely one of the reasons why she's running.

During Cain's grassroots campaign, she says both parents and teachers have confessed communication is at an all-time low.

She also points to discipline problems in the classrooms and getting Richmond County schools off of the "needs improvement" list.

"We're not taking care of our children. We're not giving them what they need. We're not giving the parents what they need. We're not giving the teachers what they need. And when we get to the point that we're not giving people what they need to be successful...we all fail."

Mrs. Cain has served as president of Windsor Spring Elementary's PTA, the Neighborhood Alliance Association, and on Augusta's Aviation Commission.