Dunwoody Native to Challenge Stan Jester for DCSD Board of Education District 1 Seat
On Wednesday, November 6, Dunwoody native Andrew Ziffer launched his campaign for the District 1 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Education, which is currently held by Stan Jester. His agenda includes creating an atmosphere of collaboration between school officials and the community rather than one of division. “[I am] a firm believer that a community working together solving problems is much better than working apart or against each other,” Ziffer said. “Few people in District 1 are happy with the way the DeKalb Schools are being run. The incumbent has been elected twice, running with no opposition.”
Ziffer has over eight years of volunteer service under his belt. He currently serves as a member of the Peachtree Gateway Council on Schools. He previously served on the Dunwoody Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) as Technology Committee Chair, the Peachtree Charter Middle School Foundation, and the Dunwoody Elementary School Principal Advisory Council (PAC). He also has over 20+ years of experience as a real estate investment professional as well as an IT professional and consultant.
Ziffer will run against Stan Jester, who has held the seat since 2014. Many may know Jester as someone who is outspoken of DCSD. He accused Ziffer of working behind the scenes with the school district. “He stands for closed doors and backroom deals,” Jester said according to Reporters Newspapers. Ziffer responded to Jester’s comment by saying his campaign is about prioritizing student needs, taking responsibility, operating with integrity and building bridges. “A leader must operate with integrity and be open,” Ziffer said. “I will be focused on solving problems.”
The District 1 seat presides over parts of Dunwoody, Chamblee, Brookhaven and Doraville and includes local schools such as Chamblee High School and Dunwoody High School. The election is May 19, 2020.