2 Houston school board races headed for runoff elections

alopez@macon.comMay 20, 2014 

PERRY -- In two hotly contested races for seats on the Houston County school board, there wasn't a clear winner Tuesday night.

In unofficial results with all 19 precincts reporting, Sheila Ashley, parent advocate and pastor, earned the most votes with 4,133 and will face Hoke Morrow, president of Hoke’s Heating & Air, in a runoff for the District 6 seat. Morrow beat out Clements 3,268-3,153 for second place.

“I’m proud of Houston County and thankful to God,” Ashley said from her home in Warner Robins.

In the special election for the District 7 seat, Bryan Upshaw, general contractor, earned the most votes with 3,425, and will face Tannya Duncan, retired school administrator, who earned 2,985 votes, in a runoff. Andy Rodriguez, Douglas Wechsler and Robbin Jackson, finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Tuesday morning, Duncan waved at passers-by outside Feagin Mill Middle School. She also had representatives stationed at Rozar Park, the Warner Robins Recreation Department and the Ted Wright Memorial Park building.

“It’s exciting,” Duncan said about election day, “It will be a good day for the kids of Houston County.”

Rodriguez, one of her opponents in District 7, stopped to greet her about 12:30 p.m. The two talked about attending graduation ceremonies for their children over the weekend. In his red pickup truck with a large campaign sign sitting on the bed, Rodriguez visited 12 voting locations by the time polls closed.

“Whoever gets elected I know we will have a good representative on the board,” Rodriguez said.

Jackson was the only school board candidate at the Houston County Government Center as results were posted Tuesday night. He thanked his fellow candidates for their positive campaigns.

“It was a very good, clean race,” Jackson said.

Runoff elections will take place July 22.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.

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