Hinson, Hughes in Houston school board special election runoff

Randall P. Hinson and incumbent Helen Hughes will face off in a runoff election for the Houston County Board of Education Post 5 seat Aug. 10.

Hughes received 1,002 votes in Tuesday’s primary election, missing the required majority to avoid a runoff.

“I am humbled and appreciative for the people who voted,” she said. “With four people running, the chances of getting a majority are very difficult.”

Hinson received 596 votes in the special nonpartisan election.

“I feel good. I’m in the runoff,” Hinson said. “I was disappointed. I would’ve liked to have won the election. It was the first time I ran for political office. I’m thankful to be in the runoff.”

After longtime board member Pamela Greenway, who was re-elected to the post in 2008, died from cancer in March 2009, Hughes was appointed to take her place among nine candidates that sought the position. The winner of the Aug. 10 runoff will fulfill the remainder of Greenway’s original term, ending in 2012.

Hughes hopes to reach out to voters that chose other candidates in Tuesday’s race, she said.

“I hope to have continuity and stability be part of the election,” she said. “Having a year on the board and being able to continue that service is a benefit to the school system, especially with the superintendent and other transitions.”

Hinson said he will continue reaching out to voters to make his views known.

“I wanted them to have someone on the board of education that would keep them informed, that wouldn’t try to keep anything from them, and they’d know exactly what was going on at all times at the board of education,” Hinson said.

Marsha McGowan Hall received 406 votes and Darin Rase received 181 votes in Tuesday’s election. There were 11 write-in votes.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.