McMahan narrowly avoids runoff, captures District 7 at-large Houston school board

WARNER ROBINS -- Dave McMahan captured the District 7 at-large Houston County Board of Education seat Tuesday with 50.53 percent of the vote, unofficial election vote totals show.

“That’s all we needed,” McMahan said by telephone from Rusty’s Downtown Grill & Bar in Perry where he waited with about 25 supporters for election results. “I’m just glad it’s over, and there is no runoff.”

With all precincts reporting, McMahan captured 6,884 votes, followed by 4,223 garnered by Griff Clements and 2,484 cast for Andy Rodriguez. Thirty-two votes were cast under write-in candidate. McMahan, a former educator and retired administrator with Houston County schools, said the first thing he’s going to do is catch up on some sleep.

Until he’s sworn in to office in January, McMahan said he plans to continue to attend the school board meetings to stay educated and informed.

He also expressed appreciation to Clements and Rodriguez for running a clean race.

Just before 10 p.m., with McMahan having captured 50.47 percent of the vote, Clements, a land surveyor for the city of Warner Robins and former school board member, said by telephone, “If he does win, I congratulate him. It was a fun race.”

Rodriguez, an Air Force veteran and volunteer in the school system, said by telephone, “I broke 2,000, all right.

“The excitement of having gone for my first political race as a candidate is exhilarating. I will not rule out any opportunities that come in the future.”

He also wished McMahan the best.

Toby Hill, who did not seek re-election, had held the post since 2005.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report.