Former Salem High School Athletic Director Jim McBrayer handily won the Board of Education Post 1 seat runoff against registered nurse Sandra Sanford on Tuesday night.
McBrayer received 3,137 votes or 86.66 percent, while Sanford recieved 483 votes, or 13.34 percent.
Sanford congratulated McBrayer with a hug after the final precinct results were read at the Board of Elections office.
“It’s been a pleasure,” said Sanford about the experience of running. “Sometimes what we think what God wants us to do is not right now visible. We’ve done what was put before us. And this is just the beginning.”
“I’m excited,” said McBrayer. “I feel like I can give a different perspective to the board of Education. I’m looking forward to working with the other six board members.”
He said he was grateful for the help from family and friends, including Theresa Schroeder-Langely and Darrell Stephens, who also ran for the BOE Post 1 seat in the five-way Nov. 2 general election but endorsed McBrayer in the runoff.
McBrayer said he will attend an all-day state training session Wednesday and go through additional training and orientations with the Rockdale County Public School system cabinet and board.
Despite the stormy weather and tornado watches, the total turnout of 7.68 percent, or 3681 ballots, slightly exceeded the projected estimate of 6 percent, or 2876 ballots.
Board of Education Runoff results
With 18 precincts reporting out of 18 precincts. Absentee and early voting has been counted. Refresh the page for continuous updated results after polls close at 7 p.m.
For Rockdale County Board of Education Post 1 seat, at large:
Jim McBrayer: 3137 votes (86.66%)
Sandra Sanford: 483 votes (13.34%)
Also on the ballot in Rockdale County are Georgia Supreme Court Judge candidates Tammy Lynn Adkins and incumbent David Nahmias and Georgia Appeals Court Judge candidates Antoinette "Toni" Davis and Chris McFadden.
In Rockdale County, Nahmias has 2577 votes and Adkins had 861 votes. McFadden had 2559 votes and Davis had 787 votes.
For state-wide election results, see the Ga. Secretary of State website, http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_1130/swall.htm