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Posted: August 10, 2010 10:12 p.m.

The results are in - Newton County Board of Education

Meadors wins District 1; Henderson-Baker wins Democratic nomination

By Brittany Thomas /

Jeff Meadors

The seat for Newton County Board of Education District 1 has been filled and the Democratic ticket decided for District 3.

Jeff Meadors will now run unopposed in the November election after receiving 1,174 (61.21 percent) of the votes. Dale Thompson received 744 (38.79 percent).

"It’s about what I expected," said Thompson. "I knew I had a steep hill and I knew it would be a hard road… I think the board has a steep hill from a financial standpoint and it could get ugly."

Meadors said that he was grateful to the electorate of District 1.

"I appreciate and value their support and all of the existing and new friendships I have made. The support has been humbling. I will serve all five Newton districts and will work with a cooperative spirit with the new 2011 BOE to make Newton County Schools the premier district in this region," he said. "We can examine what Rockdale is doing well, look at International Baccalaureate programs in Morgan and Gwinnett, review recent calendar decisions in Walton, and work with our new superintendent to turn our achievement and budget challenges around. I know we can do it and we will. We have the lives and futures of almost 20,000 NCSS students at stake."

Henderson-Baker received 345 (64.97 percent) of the votes in District 3, winning the Democratic ticket against James Johnson, Jr., who received 186 (35.03 percent) of the vote.

"I’m pleased with the results and the winner," said Johnson. "I think that she can do a fantastic job and represent the district real well… We made a pact in the beginning to keep it clean," he continued. "And we’ve done just that."

Henderson-Baker said that she was going to continue to do what she had been doing, which is talking to people, answering questions and making herself visible in the community.

"I’m super excited," she said. "It’s so nice to see that my hard work paid off. I am so thankful for all my supporters."

Henderson-Baker will face Republican Kevin Wade in a race for the District 3 seat.

The District 5 BOE seat is also open, with Republican Abigail Morgan-Coggin running against Democrat Sharon Sawyer.

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