PHOTOS: Libertarian Brett Bittner sworn in as Marietta School Board Member

“‘Come on down,’ Marietta Board of Education member Tony Fasola said in welcoming Brett Bittner, the newest member of the board, to sit beside him at the front of the room after he was sworn in to office Tuesday,” the Marietta Daily Journal reports.

“It was pretty awesome,” Bittner, who serves as executive director of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, said after the ceremony. “This is something that doesn’t happen every day, and it was a pretty big deal for most of us. Right now we have three elected Libertarians in the state all serving in nonpartisan roles.”

Born and raised in Riverdale, Clayton County, 32-year-old Bittner studied economics at the University of Georgia. He is a partner in Forward Focus Media, a strategic web consulting firm with offices in Atlanta and Birmingham. He has previously served on the city’s Historic Board of Review and the Historic Preservation Commission.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia is a state affiliate of the national Libertarian Party.

“Politically we align as fiscally conservative, socially liberal, socially tolerant,” he said. “We would like to see government fit within the confines of the Constitution.”

Bittner said many Libertarians focus their energies on public education, “and Marietta provides a significant amount of choice, especially with the charter system.”

Some big decisions the school board is facing are the renewals of the education SPLOST and the district’s charter, he said.

“I hope I’m able to bring a little bit different perspective having the Libertarian tendencies and a Libertarian’s perspective to governance,” he said.

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