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School board incumbents look to stay seated


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • May. 24, 2018 - 1:22 AM

School board incumbents look to stay seated

Rebecca Leftwich / The Newnan Times-Herald

On election night, District 1 incumbent Amy Dees, left, and District 3 incumbent Beth Barnett, right, attend a Coweta County Board of Education budget workshop meeting Tuesday. District 4 incumbent Linda Menk did not attend the meeting.

It was a good night for Coweta County Board of Education incumbents, who mostly held comfortable leads over their challengers as the sun set on Election Day.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in the District 3 race, incumbent Beth Barnett claimed a resounding victory over Jan Horne. 

Barnett, who was appointed to the board to serve out the unexpired term of board member Harry Mullins in 2015, received 72.76 percent of the vote (2,356). Horne received 27.24 percent of the vote (882).

With 89 percent of precincts reporting, at-large incumbent Larry Robertson had 65.62 percent of the vote (7,472). 

Robertson was appointed to the board to fill the unexpired term of April Parker in 2012 and ran unopposed in 2014. 

His challenger, Loreli Scott – who unsuccessfully challenged at-large board member Frank Farmer in a four-way race in 2016 – was trailing Robertson with 34.38 percent of the vote (3,915).

District 1 incumbent Amy Dees, who was first elected to the board in 2010, had 65.55 percent of the vote (1,579) with 67 percent of precincts reporting. 

Challenger Sandra “Sandi” Haner, who was another of Farmer’s challengers in 2016, had 34.45 percent of the vote (830).

Linda Menk, whose criticism of the board’s decision to spend more than $5 million to upgrade the three public high schools’ tracks and install synthetic turf has been at the center of her District 4 re-election campaign, was leading challenger Norman Lundin with 61.56 percent of the vote (1,281) with 60 percent of precincts reporting.

Menk defeated incumbent Graylin Ward in 2014 to claim her current District 4 seat. Lundin had 34.44 percent of the vote (800) at press time.