District 2 School Board race heads to runoff election - WRBL

District 2 School Board race heads to runoff election

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - One of the closest called races in Muscogee County pits newcomer John Thomas against school board veteran John Wells in a July runoff. Thomas actually received about 300 more votes than Wells who has held the seat for 28 years. Just 39 votes separated Wells from third place finisher Bart Steed. Both Wells and Thomas have already started preparing for the months ahead, as they try to get as many voters as possible to the polls this July.

It wasn't until the wee hours of the morning before 2 candidates for the District 2 school board seat realized they would be facing off again in July.

"It was probably 2 before I was able to go to sleep but naturally you can't help yourself. You start to think about your strategy going forward and how you're going to finish this race," said John Thomas.

John Thomas says he felt vindicated election night. He says voters were ready for a change.

"People are ready for an end to no-bid contracts and more financial accountability with the school district's budget and this top to bottom audit that I've been pushing for since day 1 in my campaign.

Incumbent John Wells says he anxiously awaited the results, but feels prepared to continue his campaign "Students First."

"I'm working on student achievement, focusing resources to the classrooms and budgeting, transparency, audits, and no tax increases," John Wells.

Each candidate tells News 3 they'll meet with their supporters to put together a plan for the next couple of months. Thomas says he will focus once again on financial issues.

"I want to see where the money's going. I think the citizens of Muscogee County want to see where the money's going and that's what I intend to do," said John Thomas.

Wells says he wants to continue his work for District 2. He's focused on increasing the graduation rates for students all over Muscogee County especially economically disadvantaged students.

"We're going to put the resources and concentration on that to get those students to the stage where we can pass out the diplomas," said Wells.

The runoff election will take place July 22nd.

Naomi Keitt

Naomi Keitt focuses on education reporting for WRBL News 3. More>>

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