In two contested races for seats on the Elkin Board of Education, incumbent Dr. Richard Brinegar and newcomer Judy Walker received the most votes in Tuesday’s unofficial election results in each of their districts.
The race for the East District seat, held by incumbent Haley Sullivan, was the closest of the two, with just 340 votes separating her 1,151 votes from Walker’s 1,491. An additional seven write-in votes were cast in the race.
The three-way race for the City District seat did not turn out so close, with Brinegar maintaining 1,474 votes, to Levi Shore’s 708 and Taylor Gaddis’ 455. Seven write-in also were cast in that school board contest.
In learning the results of the race Tuesday night, Brinegar said, “It’s great. I’m just so proud the people’s giving me another opportunity. It was a good clean campaign, and the other guys are great people in the community.”
He said he looks forward to continuing to serve as the school system aims for the top with the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) curriculum and will have a new superintendent coming on board in December with Dr. Myra Cox.
“I’m thankful the people are trusting me to move forward. It’s an honor to serve. I’ve got a lot of love for the people, the community, the mayor and the support they gave me,” Brinegar added.
While one of his opponents, Shore, was unavailable for comments shortly after the results came in at 9 p.m., Gaddis said, “I’m happy at the race I ran and happy with the other candidates. I’ve talked with Levi already, but I haven’t seen Richard tonight.
“It’s in good hands either way. I want to congratulate my opponents and thank my supporters. It was fun, and I enjoyed the process and just getting my name out there.”
Sullivan, the East District incumbent was unable to be reached for comment by press deadline, but Walker did say, “It is with gratitude and thankfulness to my many friends and supporters that I take this responsibility given to me.
“As a member of the Elkin City School Board, it will be my intent to do everything I can to help maintain the excellence our schools have known, to support our teachers, listen to their needs and do what I can to make sure they have the resources they need to help our children to excel in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the arts and, most importantly, in life,” Walker said.
Brinegar said he and Walker will be sworn in at the Dec. 5 meeting of the Elkin City Schools Board of Education, along with the newly hired superintendent, Cox. During that meeting, the school board will elect its chairman and vice chair, with those positions now held by Brinegar and Sullivan, respectively.
Countywide, Surry saw a voter turnout of 69.24 percent, or 31,303 out of 45,208 voters casting ballots.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.