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ATL schools Dist. 8: Cynthia Briscoe Brown


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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often much more can be found in the public record: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

Cynthia Briscoe Brown

Campaign website

Born: 1960


Cynthia Briscoe Brown

Cynthia Briscoe Brown

A first-time political candidate, Cynthia Briscoe Brown has raised $19,000 in campaign donations this year, compared to opponent Reuben McDaniel’s nearly $60,000.

Political career

  • Brown, making her first run for public office, finished second with 26% of the vote in the November 2013 general election. She collected 66% to defeat board chairman Reuben McDonald in a Dec. 3 runoff.


  • Attorney, Brown & Brown Legal Services P.C.

Business ownership interests

  • Brown & Brown Legal Services P.C. Brown said much of her practice involves representing small businesses, often as the equivalent of a general counsel.

Fiduciary positions

  • Board member, Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta Inc., non-profit educational and cultural organization.
  • Board member, Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning Inc.
  • CEO, Major Auto Sales Inc., a Cartersville dealership formerly run by Brown’s late father.
  • CEO, MB Financial Inc., Cartersville, Ga., automobile financing.
  • Secretary, Brown & Brown Legal Services P.C.
  • Trustee, North Atlanta High School Foundation.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence valued at $387,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Friends and Family

  • New York University professor Diane Ravitch, an author and public-education advocate, has endorsed Brown.

Campaign contributions

Donors gave nearly $45,001 to Brown’s campaign through Nov. 27.

  • Reported cash on hand: $18,685

Top donors

  • $2,000 E. Reid Garrett, attorney
  • $1,300, Bradley Currey Jr., retired chairman/CEO Rock-Tenn Co.
  • $1,100 Daniel Plaut, Asheville, N.C., education administration
  • $1,000 Angela Boardman, design consultant, The Curtain Exchange
  • $1,000 Fine and Block, an Atlanta law firm with which her husband is affiliated
  • $1,000 The Buckhead Coalition
  • $1,000 Mary Norwood, City Council member-elect
  • $1,000 Thomas L. Shields Jr., retired
  • $1,000 Camille Yow

Posted Dec. 3, 2013





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