Eddie Johnson took a lead in the Board of Education voting for District 2 early on Tuesday night and held on to it to secure the seat. "I'm honored that the people in District 2 trusted me going forward with educational excellence for their kids," Johnson said. "I'll do my very best to uphold such an honor. I will work tirelessly for the betterment of Newton County School System."
Longtime educator Franklin Perry, a former school superintendent, faced longtime incumbent Almond Turner, assistant chief of police for Covington. The two natives went back and forth in debates, but Turner won with 1,156 votes, and will be the next board members as there is no Republican candidate.
Kevin Wade, Republican
Abigail Morgan Coggin, Republican
For Shakila Henderson-Baker and James Johnson, Jr., Tuesday's run-off will determine which of them will run for the Newton County Board of Education District 3 seat as the Democratic candidate against Republican Kevin Wade. Both candidates answered five questions from The News; some of Henderson-Baker's responses were cut for length.
Jeffrey Meadors and Dale M. Thompson will face each other in an Aug. 10 runoff for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat, while Shakila Henderson-Baker and James Johnson, Jr. will vie again for the District 3 seat on the board.
Nearly all of the candidates in the crowded race for the Newton County Board of Education spoke at a political forum sponsored by the Newton County Voter's League Tuesday night, answering questions about subjects such as school uniforms, teacher retention and budgets.
Smart Growth Newton County will host a Candidates forum on June 28 at 7 p.m. The forum will be held at the Washington Street Community Center which is located at 4138 School Street. All candidates for the office of Newton County Commissioner as well as all candidates for the Newton County Board of Education are invited to participate. At this time it is anticipated that due to the large number of candidates ...
Ronald Cary Hart has qualified to run for the District 1 seat, which is being vacated by Johnny Smith, of the Newton County Board of Education.
Jeffrey Meadors, dual enrollment coordinator for Georgia Perimeter College's Newton and Rockdale campuses, has announced his intention to run for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat on the Republican ticket. Council member Johnny Smith, who currently holds the seat, has announced that he does not plan to run again after six years in office.
Dale M. Thompson said that his decision to run for the Newton County Board of Education District 1 seat, being vacated by Johnny Smith, was due to a lack of candidates with his level of experience having qualified in the district.
Toney D. Collins is running for the BOE because he wants to have a say in the changes affecting his teacher wife and his two school-aged children.
The District 3 race for the Newton County Board of Education seat being vacated by Cathy Dobbs is gearing up to be a tough one, with four people having qualified.
Shakila Henderson-Baker is running for the District 3 seat on the Newton County Board of Education, and she believes she has a leg up on the other candidates for Board of Education - she has school-aged children.