Only one of Governor Nathan Deal’s six appointed DeKalb County School Board members knows for sure that they will stay on the board after the May 20 election – Dr. Joyce Morley.
“I was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Board of Education and I believe I have served the board successfully. I am an educator, a parent of not only my three daughters and my four grandchildren, I am the parent of the more than 99,000 students in the DCSD. said Morley, who lives in Stone Mountain. “Those are the thoughts I have at every meeting as I continue my servant leader position as a member of the Board of Education,”
Morley, the sitting board member for DeKalb’s District 7, faced two challengers, Kim Ault, who received 1,590 votes (20.86 percent) of the total 7,623 votes; and Lee V. Dukes, who received 1,341 votes (17.29 percent). Morley experienced an overwhelming victory with 4,692 votes (61.55 percent).
The other remaining appointed members: Thad Mayfield, Michael Erwin, and Karen Carter must await the results of the July 22 runoff.
Incumbent Marshall Orson defeated Don McChesney with 4,259 votes (61.10 percent of the total 6,971 votes) for the Board’s District 2 seat. McChesney received 2,712 votes (38.90 percent).
“We are on the right track and have started the process of reforming our school system. We have a great opportunity to do some great things for our children,” said Orson, who is one of the two remaining board members that Gov. Nathan Deal did not remove. “We know what everyone else knows in that there is a lot more to do. I will work with whoever is elected to make sure we have a healthy partnership with the rest of the community to ensure that we all have a clear vision.”
The DeKalb County School Board made headlines when in February 2013 Gov. Nathan Deal removed six school board members and replaced them with a group of people selected by him and a board of experts.
The remaining school board members:
In the District 3 race, appointed incumbent Michael Erwin will face his neighbor and businessman Atticus LeBlanc in the runoff. Erwin got 3,603 (37.23 percent) of the total 9,677 votes to LeBlanc’s 2,025 votes (20.8 percent).
In District 4, which had two appointed incumbents seeking the seat, Karen Carter will face Jim McMahan, who was elected to the board in 2012, in the runoff. Carter got 3,407 votes (35.38 percent) to McMahan’s 2,848 votes (29.57 percent).
In the District 5 race, appointed incumbent Thad Mayfield will face private school founder and operator Vickie Turner in the runoff for the seat. Mayfield received 4,407 votes (36.05 percent). Turner received 3,436 votes (28.11 percent).