WRIGHT WINS BOE RACE; Provisional ballots don’t change outcome

Published 2:41 am Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Eight of the 10 provisional ballots in Andalusia’s three municipal races last week were cast in the board of education race in District 4.

But the ballots – all deemed legal votes by the Board of Registrars – didn’t change the outcome of the race, in which retired educator and coach Tommy Wright defeated incumbent Bill King. King, a dentist, had served on the board for 20 years.

The ballots were opened during a special called council meeting at noon on Tuesday. When votes were totaled last Tuesday, Wright led King, 122 to 118.

The first four ballots from that district opened Tuesday were for King, which put the two men tied even, and could have forced a runoff. But the final votes gave Wright 125 to King’s 123.

When the votes were tallied, Wright’s wife, Anne, let out a sigh of relief.

“It’s a good thing we both voted,” she said.

Wright, a 32-year veteran of education, said he ran for the office because he wants to provide an educator’s perspective to the board. He will take office in November.

There was one provisional vote cast in each of the other two races. In District 2, the final vote was incumbent Kennith C. Mount 112, Walter “Buster” Boyd, 2. In District Three, the final count was incumbent Hazel Griffin 95, Eddie Lewis, 10.