School Board a Big Part of the Election

Over half Laurens County’s registered voters came out for yesterday’s General Election. Last night’s unofficial count totaled 20,509 people, or 53.47% of the county’s 38,355 registered voters, cast a ballot. One of the items bringing voters to the polls were three contested school board seats in School District 55.

For Seat 2, where incumbent Mike Fortune did not seek another term, Cathy Little won a three-way race with 62.2% of the vote.

We asked what she attributed her win to.  “Hard work.  And the support of probably mostly teachers and many parents in the community.  I did my best and got out there and tried to talk to as many people as possible.”

We also asked Mrs. Little what role she believes last year’s school bond referendum played in the big voter turnout yesterday. She said, “I think it was probably a big contributing factor.  I think many of the community members clearly did not want the bond referendum to go through and I think they wanted to come out and speak to that fact.”

Cathy Little said she wants to work on the school discipline issue and to work on “….That mental health piece I have talked about during my campaign at the elementary age.”

Cathy Little received 1,190 votes, or 63.2% of the unofficial vote court to claim victory without need of a runoff. Jim Moore received 505 votes and Bessie Williams had 180.

In Seat 4, where incumbent Jim Lollis did not see re-election, Mark Earle was the apparent winner, with 846 votes to Steve Cole’s 482.

The lone incumbent seeking re-election to the District 55 School Board was the Board Chair, Susan Calhoun-Ware. With 794 votes to challenger David Underwood’s 588, She won with 57.08% of the vote.

In District 56 school board elections, unopposed incumbents Tammy Stewart, Jan Bridges Simmons and Keith Richardson each received over 98% of the unofficial vote count to win re-election.