Just 26 votes separated the candidates in the race for District One, Post Two on the Stephens County Board of Education.
Jim Bellamy received 1,187 votes to defeat incumbent Steve Tilley, who received 1,161 votes in Tuesday’s Republican primary for that school board race.
Bellamy said he is excited over the result and grateful for the support of voters.
“I have enjoyed campaigning and talking to a lot of my former students and parents,” said Bellamy. “I appreciate their support. I want to say to the voters of Stephens County that I will do the best I possibly can to see that we maintain and keep an excellent school system and keep our kids in mind.”
Meanwhile, Tilley said he appreciates having been appointed to serve on the school board for the last several months.
“Being appointed, I had no agenda and I was able to be a part of the selection of a new superintendent who I think is a top-caliber superintendent that is really going to take us to the next level,” said Tilley. “I am just really sorry I am not going to be on the board during his time here, but I really appreciate the opportunity to serve the 14 months they (the Board of Education) appointed me to. I wish Jim Bellamy well. He will do a good job. The school board has some real challenges in the future.”
Moving to the District Two, Post Two race, incumbent Jeff Webb received 1,211 votes to defeat Brenda Kelley, who received 1,135 votes.
Webb said he appreciates the support.
“I feel humbled and excited at the same time,” said Webb. “I appreciate the voters of Stephens County giving me another opportunity to work for them and their children for the next four years. I just want to thank everybody and wish everybody the best.”
Meanwhile, Kelley said she wishes those who will serve on the school board well moving forward.
“I congratulate all of those that did get their seat on the board,” said Kelley. “I am sure that they are working towards the common goal and that is making the very best education for the students in Stephens County and using the tax money Stephens County citizens pay wisely.”
Finally in the District Three, Post One race for the school board in Stephens County, incumbent David Fricks received 1,223 votes to defeat Laura Biggers, who received 1,082 votes.
Fricks said he is looking forward to serving again.
“I am just very excited to have won the nomination tonight for another four years on the Board of Education,” said Fricks. “I am very excited about that, very excited about the youth of this county, to see them prosper, to see the county prosper. Just want to say thank you to everyone who voted. I very much appreciate it.”
Fricks, Bellamy, and Webb will, barring a certified write-in or independent candidate, all serve four-year terms on the school board, as will Rodney Moore, Jr., who was unopposed in his bid for the District Two, Post One race.
Moore said he is excited about the future.
“After I announced my campaign, several members of the community reached out and thanked me for volunteering for public service, but tonight I want to thank the community and voters for their support,” said Moore. “I look forward to working with the newly elected board members as we continue to strive to have one of the leading school systems in Georgia.”
All county results are unofficial until they are certified later this week.