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Superintendent-elect Richard Woods


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

Richard Lee Woods

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Richard Woods

Richard Woods

Woods came close to becoming Georgia’s school superintendent in 2010, losing the Republican primary by just 16,000 votes to eventual winner John Barge.

His campaign raised about $31,000 through Sept. 30. He missed the filing deadline for his most recent disclosure, which was due July 16.

 Political career

  • Ran for superintendent in 2010, finishing second with 48% of the GOP primary vote behind John Barge.
  • Won the Republican nomination for superintendent  in 2014 by 0.18% in a runoff; faces Democratic nominee Valarie Wilson in the general election.


  • Owner, ShareWear LLC, online wholesale & retail. He reported an income of  $42,977 in 2013.
  • Before that, he was an assistant principal in Irwin County public schools.

Business ownership interests

  • ShareWear LLC, online wholesale & retail

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Spouse: Personal residence in Tifton valued for tax purposes at $72,000

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Payments from state agencies

  • None disclosed.

Campaign contributions

Donors have given more than $40,000 to Woods’ statewide campaigns. Hes also put $1,946 of his own money into the campaign. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2010: $9,204
  • 2013-14: $31,268
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 2014): $9,093

Top donors

  • $2,500 Savannah Area Republican Women’s Association
  • $2,425 Jack & Juanita Woods, retired, Tifton, Ga.
  • $2,250 Tony McBrayer, Tifton, Ga., TMM Enterprises Inc.
  • $2,000 Skidaway Island Republican Club
  • $2,000 Ricky Teel, Tifton, Ga., owner R.T.’s Pizza Inc,
  • $1,800 Gary & Ann Paulk, Muscadine Products Corp. (cash & in-kind)
  • $1,500 Rebecca McClellan, retired, Chula, Ga.
  • $1,350 Rep. Sam Teasley & other Republican legislators
  • $1,000 Steve Suitts, vice president Southern Education Foundation, & wife Ginny Looney

 Posted by Jim Walls, July 20, 2014; updated Oct. 23, 2014





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