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Corey Wilson attempting to salvage campaign, reputation

October 25, 2010

OK, here we go again. All of a sudden candidates for school baorad are showing up as criminals. First it was Jay Cunningham and his three-decades old felony conviction. Now the wave has hit Corey Wilson, the golden boy in district 3 may have hit a speed bump on his way to the school board. According to the AJC, Wilson is suppose to come clean on a few arrests of his own. According to public records, Wilson has been arrested on several occasions including the 2006 arrest for simple assasult that the AJC dug up. The assault was a misdemeanor. The AJC could not confirm that a booking photo of Wilson was truly him. There is no doubt that the person in the booking photo is Wilson. The fact that this particular offense is recent,  is what is most disturbing.  Here is a man that was in his mid-30’s and got caught up in criminal proceedings in the court system. Not a good example at all. To his credit, Wilson went through a pre-trial diversion program which he completed successfully, and the case was eligible for expungement. The 2006 case was pleaded out to Nollo Prosse with no conviction on his record. The charge in question revolves around a dispute between himself and his wife. I questioned Wilson on the details, but he said it was a private matter. Wilson and his wife recently celebrated their 12th anniversary. I have talked to Corey Wilson in the past, and he really is a genuinely concerned parent. Part of the reason he accepted the Nollo plea, according to Wilson, was to protect his children from any embarrassing and drawn out court appearance. Wilson admitted that he has made mistakes in the past, but wants people to judge him as a whole and not as the few parts divulged in the media. The first time we talked, he told me his life story damn near (minus this of course). We spent more than an hour on the phone really connected. His story was my story. It is truly possible that we may have crossed paths but never knew it.  Now, here we are, 40 years old, we are husbands, fathers, we work in the community and we really care about where we live. I am not going to change my overall opinion of Wilson based on these recent revelations though I will follow him with a much more cautious eye. I had already pledged my vote for Wilson, and I will probably follow through on that. I think Wilson should have come clean early on. I know he probably thought people would crucify him for it, but coming clean and explaining the circumstances would have gone a long way in mending any doubts that lingered in people minds. I hope that Wilson has learned a valuable lesson from this. I also hope that he knows that, even if he wins, he has a very short leash to work with. Any misstep, and he can be ousted very quickly, and his aspirations of higher offices dumped as well.

 

Here is an updated story from the AJC with some details

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  1. Yep
    October 27, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Georgia Capital Associates works with a lot of bigtime Republican state elected officials. Wonder how Corey ended up working with them?

  2. Sorry
    October 26, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Corey: Will Sellars works for Georgia Capital Associates, a high powered lobbyist/communications/political consulting firm, http://www.georgia-capitol.com/. Is Mr. Sellars being compensated in any way for running your campaign?

    Also, calling three arrests in three years “minor legal matters” is an interesting turn of phrase.

  3. Dekalbite
    October 26, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    @ Yep
    “Talk to him? I know people who can talk the horns off a bull, but that doesn’t make them someone I’d vote for.”

    I think it’s always beneficial to talk to someone to ask him/her the tough questions. You sound like you could filter through the verbiage.

    I’ve never been arrested, but my sister was one time when she was young. Her boyfriend was driving her car, and he had an open beer in the car. They arrested her as well as him. They didn’t press charges, and she graduated from college and was a great teacher for 35 years.

    I have a friend whose son was at a party given by a 22 year old when he was 20. He had a beer. The police came to tell them it was too loud and then they asked for id from everyone. My friend’s son had just a trace amount of alcohol, but that was enough to arrest him as a minor consuming alcohol. He ended up on probation for a year. He’s in his late 20s now and earns a six figure income as a manager for a branch of a company where he has vastly improved their bottom line.

    The point is that an arrest is not always what it appears to be. If you’re a parent with a teenager or a child in his/her early 20s, just remember that we all live in glass houses so we might not want to throw too many stones. Other people’s children including our own might be hit.

    Our society is one of sound bites and snap decisions. In depth discourse seems a relic of the past.

  4. Dekalbite
    October 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Information I sent to the AJC earlier today. Corey E.Wilson Contact Person: Will Sellers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Telephone Number: 404-219-8551
    E-mail Address: sellers@georgia-capitol.com
    WILSON SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT: STRONG TRACK RECORD OF COMMUNTY SERVICE AND CHARGES DROPPED
    October 26, 2010 – Decatur, Georgia Corey E. Wilson, candidate for DeKalb School Board, District 3, discussed with campaign staff and supporters reports about his record.
    “I have worked to address the real issues that impact our children in the DeKalb County School System: improving our schools; and supporting our teachers. I encourage everyone to look at my complete record and focus on the big issues. Let me be clear. I have been in love with my wife since we were teenagers, and I still love her. After recently celebrating our 12-year wedding anniversary, I am committed to my family, this school board district, and winning this race. I have a history of community service that speaks for itself. Look at the lump sum of my achievements and not a just few acts,” said Corey Wilson.
    Overview of Certain Events Involving Corey E. Wilson
    In 2006, Corey E. Wilson and his wife experienced a marital disagreement. The incident occurred just after the death of Mr. Wilson’s mother. This matter did not result in a conviction. Although, Mr. Wilson was charged all charges against him were dropped. While in college, Mr. Wilson was involved in minor legal matters which also did not result in any convictions. Mr. Wilson regrets these incidents.
    About Corey E. Wilson
    Corey E. Wilson is a loving father and committed husband with a strong track record of community service. For three years, Corey served as president of the Oak View Elementary PTA where his sons are students. Corey served on the DeKalb County School System’s Strategic Planning Committee and Parental Advisory Committee. Corey founded Fathers Being Involved, a group which focused on increasing the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. Corey is a member of the Waldrop Farms Homeowners Association and the Belvedere Civic Association. Corey and his family are active members of New Mercies Christian Church. He regularly serves as a volunteer coach in his children’s sport teams. As Operations Manager for CarMax’s Alpharetta location, Corey is responsible for managing the company’s goods, people, and assets. Corey is a graduate of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College.
    If you would like more information about our campaign or you would like to schedule an interview with Corey E. Wilson, please contact Will Sellers at 404-219-8551 or via e-mail at sellers@georgia-capitol.com. For the latest campaign developments, please visit our website at http://www.ElectWilson2010.com.

  5. Corey E. Wilson
    October 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Information Sent to the AJC earlier.
    Contact Person: Will Sellers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Telephone Number: 404-219-8551
    E-mail Address: sellers@georgia-capitol.com
    WILSON SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT: STRONG TRACK RECORD OF COMMUNTY SERVICE AND CHARGES DROPPED
    October 26, 2010 – Decatur, Georgia Corey E. Wilson, candidate for DeKalb School Board, District 3, discussed with campaign staff and supporters reports about his record.
    “I have worked to address the real issues that impact our children in the DeKalb County School System: improving our schools; and supporting our teachers. I encourage everyone to look at my complete record and focus on the big issues. Let me be clear. I have been in love with my wife since we were teenagers, and I still love her. After recently celebrating our 12-year wedding anniversary, I am committed to my family, this school board district, and winning this race. I have a history of community service that speaks for itself. Look at the lump sum of my achievements and not a just few acts,” said Corey Wilson.
    Overview of Certain Events Involving Corey E. Wilson
    In 2006, Corey E. Wilson and his wife experienced a marital disagreement. The incident occurred just after the death of Mr. Wilson’s mother. This matter did not result in a conviction. Although, Mr. Wilson was charged all charges against him were dropped. While in college, Mr. Wilson was involved in minor legal matters which also did not result in any convictions. Mr. Wilson regrets these incidents.
    About Corey E. Wilson
    Corey E. Wilson is a loving father and committed husband with a strong track record of community service. For three years, Corey served as president of the Oak View Elementary PTA where his sons are students. Corey served on the DeKalb County School System’s Strategic Planning Committee and Parental Advisory Committee. Corey founded Fathers Being Involved, a group which focused on increasing the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. Corey is a member of the Waldrop Farms Homeowners Association and the Belvedere Civic Association. Corey and his family are active members of New Mercies Christian Church. He regularly serves as a volunteer coach in his children’s sport teams. As Operations Manager for CarMax’s Alpharetta location, Corey is responsible for managing the company’s goods, people, and assets. Corey is a graduate of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College.
    If you would like more information about our campaign or you would like to schedule an interview with Corey E. Wilson, please contact Will Sellers at 404-219-8551 or via e-mail at sellers@georgia-capitol.com. For the latest campaign developments, please visit our website at http://www.ElectWilson2010.com.
    Thank You to those, that still believe in our campaign.

  6. Yep
    October 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Even if he’s a great parent volunteer at a school, the DeKalb County School System has a budget of over one billion dollars per year with approx. 15,000 employees and over 95,000 students, the 26th largest in the U.S. Talk to him? I know people who can talk the horns off a bull, but that doesn’t make them someone I’d vote for.

    Yes, he may be a super nice guy. Four arrests in 14 years and his daughter having to call the police on him are red flags.

    But I’m more concerned with having BOE members who can manage such a msssive budget and such a large employee base. The system has had its Superintendent and Chief Operating Officer under RICO ACT indictment. There has been scandal after scandal after scandal, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted, and resources and staff funneled to the Central Office instad of our schools.

    Wilson may an awesome parent volunteer, but if his past baggage is any kind of a hindrance, and his current employment is as a mid-level manager, this school system needs a higher quality candidate.

  7. Dekalbite
    October 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Why don’t you talk to Wilson and also people who know him and have worked with him at Oakview before you make up your mind? You might have a different opinion of him. My mom used to say you can tell alot about a person by the friends he keeps.

  8. Sorry
    October 26, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Wilson was arrested four different times over fourteen years. Not once, not twice, not three time. Four times.

    “courts records show Okevia Wilson’s teenage daughter witnessed Corey Wilson’s attack. Corey Wilson was charged with two counts of simple battery and two counts of violating the state’s family violence act, all misdemeanors. Okevia Wilson’s daughter called police after she awoke to the sounds of a fight, she told police.She came downstairs and saw Corey Wilson holding her mother in a headlock and kicking her, according to a police report.”

    -He should have come clean. No excuses for not doing so.

    Look at this on current BOE member Gene Walker:
    http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=165732
    In 1989, Jacqueline Livingston filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that while a secretary for the state Senate she was sexually and verbally abused by then-Sens. Hildred Shumake, David Scott and Walker. The complaint escalated to a federal civil lawsuit in 1992, and was settled a year later.

    The latest case was filed in 2002 in Fulton County State Court by Patricia Alexander, who claims that soon after she went to work for Walker at the parole board he “began making sexual innuendo and suggestive comments.” The lawsuit claims the comments included “using sexually oriented and obscene language, commenting on the sexual activities and sexual preferences of other men and women, discussing his own sexual preferences, making inappropriate displays of affection and making offensive remarks concerning plaintiff’s anatomy and the anatomy of other women.”

    -This is incredibly offensive to any woman.

    “First it was Jay Cunningham and his three-decades old felony conviction.”

    -Over the past three years, Board of Ed member Jay Cunningham has punched a man in the head in front of a church, pulled a gun on the man, and alledgely threatened a female parent at a school meeting.

    Wilson is lucky you have faith in him. At least you’re on record saying “Any misstep, and he can be ousted very quickly, and his aspirations of higher offices dumped as well.”

    I just think there are better quality people in the county who we need to run for school board.

  9. Dekalbite
    October 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I’ll bet Corey Wilson has served his share of spaghetti dinners to raise money for Oakview. He sounds like a tireless worker for the kids and a devoted father. The fact that he and his wife have been together for 12 years says a lot about him. He would make an excellent BOE rep.

    • October 25, 2010 at 11:43 pm

      I agree Dekalbite, and that is why my vote has not changed thus far

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