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Controversial school board members won’t return to office

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Neither Jesse “Jay” Cunningham or Don McChesney experienced a victory in the May 20 election.

 

Cunningham, who was one of the six members of the nine-member school board to be suspended by Gov. Deal in February of 2013, came in third place with 3,368 votes or 27.58 percent of the 12,213 total votes in the county. Appointed incumbent and businessman Thad Mayfield is headed to a runoff with private school headmaster Vickie B. Turner to represent district five on the county school board. Mayfield led the pack with 4,404 votes or 36.06 percent of the vote. Turner garnered 3,434 or 28.12 percent of the vote.

Don McChesney lost the district two race to appointed incumbent Marshal Orson with only 2,708 or 38.90 of the vote. Orson won the race with 4,253 or 61.10 percent of the vote.

 

“It appears that Jay and Don were not wanted to be put back,” said veteran political analyst Bill Crane. “It may have been because of Gov. Deal’s decision or voters may have felt that those guys had their chance and just didn’t get it done.”

 

In other key races: Incumbent Earnest “Coach” Williams will return to represent Georgia’s District 87 at the “gold dome” with 2,965 votes or 66.20 percent of the total 4,479 votes. Williams defeated Ivy J. Green, who received 1,514 votes or 33.80 percent.

 

Another State Rep. incumbent, D. “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler, returns to the capitol with 1,326 votes or 73.46 percent of the total 1,805 votes. Haigler defeated Diane Adoma, who received 479 or 26.54 percent of the vote. 

DeKalb County Super 7 District Commissioner Stan Watson returned to his seat with 21,012 or 66.79 percent of the total 31,462 votes. Watson defeated Gregory Adams, who received 10,450 or 33.21 percent of the vote.

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