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Hughes holds on to Houston school board seat

Incumbent Helen Hughes held on to the Houston County Board of Education Post 5 seat in Tuesday’s special election runoff against challenger Randall Hinson.

Hughes received 1,094 votes to Hinson’s 942 votes, winning in spite of endorsements from primary candidates Marsha McGowan Hall and Darin Rase for Hinson in the runoff.

Hughes, who was first appointed for the seat in 2009 following the death of longtime board member Pamela Greenway, will finish out the remainder of Greenway’s term ending in 2012.

“I’m relieved enough of the supporters went out and voted,” Hughes said Tuesday night. “I’m relieved and ready to move on, ready to do what I was called to do more than a year ago.”

Hughes also led Hinson at the polls during the July 20 primary, 1,002 to 596. Hughes said she spent the past two weeks encouraging people to vote and putting signs near polling places.

“I hope life gets back to a little bit of normalcy, to continue to do the best we can for the students of Houston County,” she said.

Hughes also wished Hinson and the other school board candidates well. The presence of four candidates in the running for the seat means that area residents are dedicated to the education of their children, Hughes said.

“It says a lot,” she said. “They put their life out there for the public to see and offer their services to Houston County.”

While Hinson, a retired principal from the Houston County Crossroads Center, said he was “disappointed” with the election results, he also congratulated Hughes for her win and thanked his supporters Tuesday night.

“I’m going to support the board of education in whatever way I can,” he said.

However, Hinson said he would not rule out another bid for the school board seat in the future.

“I’m going to sit back, relax and enjoy retirement a little longer, then, who knows?” he said.

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