Ivey enters race for BOE District 4

Updated: Mar 18

A New York native has decided to run for the Board of Education’s District 4 seat up for re-election this May. Grenell “Tracy” Ivey qualified last week and completed an email interview with The Chronicle, stating that her reason to run for the position revolves around child advocacy.

Ivey hails from Brooklyn but has lived in Garfield since 2014.

She graduated cum laude from LaGuardia Community College in 1990 with an Associate of Science in Computer Science. Four years later, Ivey completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Business, and Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology.

Her professional background is rooted in transportation. Ivey’s 28-year career culminated in retirement from New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2016. Over the almost three decades she spent in the workforce, she held several positions. These included railroad clerk, conductor, train operator, supervisor, and manager under rapid transit operations.

Additionally, Ivey has been a notary public for more than 30 years.

She explained that the decision to run for the local BOE has been a rather quick one, but she’s certain of the pursuit nonetheless.

“I was contacted in February 2022 by Georgia Dems and asked if I would be interested in running for office,” Ivey wrote. “I was honored at the chance and gave it considerable thought. After conducting my own research, I decided to run because I have always been an advocate for children. I am confident that with my experience, knowledge, resources, and the children’s best interest, I can help improve an already great Emanuel County school board. I intend to hit the ground running to find out what is needed, what the community and county want, and devise a plan to make things happen.”

This is Ivey’s first bid for public office, but she already has her eyes set on a few goals.

“If elected, I plan to expand on policy already in place and introduce a few new concepts such as universal 3K and the Summer Youth Work Program (which started in 2016 in Garfield). My concerns on health issues would include mentorship, nutrition, positive attendance, and COVID as we know it today,” she continued.

Her message to voters is simple.

“Your children are our children. We are raising a village building their future.”

In her spare time, Ivey enjoys being with her two children and two grandchildren, traveling, writing, sewing, music, and photography.

Should anyone wish to contact her about her campaign, you can do so via email at ivey4youth524@gmail.com.

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