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Posted: October 14, 2011 12:00 a.m.

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Alan Howard Sr. runs for Social Circle school board

Alan Howard Sr. doesn't have a platform and he doesn't think of himself as a politician; however, he's running for Social Circle's school board because he wants what is best for the city and the people in District 3.

"I never really thought about running for the school board because I have never thought of myself as a politician. I just enjoy being involved whether it's with my church, school or city. At the time of my decision when I was approached about running for the open district on the school board, there wasn't anyone running for the position. Of course now there are three of us running for the position which is bad for me but probably the best thing for the community and school. It is always good to have choices," he said in an email.

Howard, 48, doesn't have a specific platform or agenda, but he wants to make it clear to the people in his district he is available for questions and opinions.

"I want to be part of what I feel is a very good school system and be a voice for my district if elected. I would like everyone in District 3 to feel like they can contact me at any time to ask questions, ask for clarification on issues, be able to express themselves with concerns, or just give me their opinions. I would need that input from the district to be able to make good decisions and vote on issues that would affect the folks that I would represent. My two older children came from neighboring school districts and with those experiences my family and I feel very fortunate to be in the Social Circle City Schools with our two younger children," he said.

Howard graduated from Naples High School in Naples, Fla., in 1982. He went on to major in marketing at Western Carolina University where he graduated in 1987. He is currently self employed, having recently started his own advertising company. Howard is currently working on a advertising project with Walton County Parks and Recreation and hopes to expand to Loganville and Social Circle. Previously Howard has owned and operated two small businesses in Florida before moving to Georgia in 1995 to work as a district manager with the Hillman Group.

His community involvement has been mostly centered on youth programs and mission/volunteer work with his church.

"With three boys taking part in multiple sports, my wife and I stay pretty busy with that by itself," he said. "More recently I took part in the Social Circle Clean-Up Day last month and the Social Circle Friendship Festival and Parade as a committee volunteer."

Howard lives with his wife Julie who works for Social Circle Ace Hardware. He has four children, Alex (23), Taylor (21), A.J. (15) and Stevie (13).

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