With 57 percent of the vote, Janet Reed has won the race for chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Education, beating Danny Dukes with 57 percent of the vote.
Dukes was a member of the governing board of a local charter school, whose funding had been opposed by Read, a longtime member of the school board. Think of the race as a precursor of a statewide debate over charter schools that begins Wednesday.
A proposal to re-assert state authority to license the schools, over the objections of local systems, is on the November ballot.
A number of Republican incumbent state lawmakers are on the edge of defeat this evening. State Rep. Steve Davis of Henry County, one of the most conservative members of the Legislature, just sent out this via Twitter:
”I just called Mr [Dale] Rutledge to concede our race. I want to thank my family and volunteers for the help. It has been great honor to serve you!”
Current figures on the secretary of state’s website has Rutledge at 65 percent.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider