Hoke Morrow and Bryan Upshaw won seats on the Houston County school board in Tuesday’s runoff elections.
With all precincts reporting, including a tally of early votes and absentees, Upshaw beat Tannya Duncan for the Post 7 seat. Upshaw claimed 5,524 votes, or 65 percent of the vote, to Duncan’s 2,912 votes.
The Post 6 race was closer, with Hoke Morrow outpolling Sheila Ashley 4,780 to 3,621 votes. Morrow claimed 57 percent of the vote to Ashley’s 43 percent.
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Turnout was a mere 12.4 percent of registered voters, down from 16.2 percent in the May 20 primary.
The Post 7 race fills the unexpired term of Dave McMahan, who resigned in February. That means Upshaw will take office immediately, although he said late Tuesday he had not been notified of when he would be sworn into office.
“Ms. Duncan ran a real good race,” said Upshaw, a general contractor in Warner Robins. “I’m just glad it turned out positive and I can give back to Houston County what it has given me.”
Asked about the margin of victory, Upshaw said he wasn’t sure what to expect in the race with Duncan, a retired educator.
“I’m just glad to be done with campaigning and can get to work,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve, and I want to thank all my friends and family for helping out.”
The Post 6 race pitted Morrow, who owns a heating and air-conditioning business in Perry, against Ashley, who is a pastor and certified parent advocate.
Morrow still has several months before his swearing-in ceremony.
He is taking the seat that will be vacated by Jim Maddox, who announced he would not seek re-election. Because Maddox is serving out the term, Morrow won’t take office until January.
The school board races are nonpartisan, so the winners in Tuesday’s primary runoffs do not face opponents in November.
From the time the first votes came in Tuesday, the margin of victory in both races stayed about the same throughout the night. After the early votes were tallied, Morrow said, he felt confident he would win the election.
“I’m just exited to serve and excited to be a part of the Board of Education,” he said. None of the candidates was at the elections office in Perry when votes were being counted.
To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.