COLUMBUS, Ga. – The day after Independence Day means early voting begins in parts of the Chattahoochee Valley. July 26 will decide key runoff races for Muscogee County School Board seats from Districts 1 and 7.
In District 1, Joann Thomas-Brown is challenging three-term incumbent Pat Hugley Green. Green took first place by double digits, garnering more than 46% of the vote. However, because no one was able to get 50%, Thomas-Brown forced a runoff.
Green says she has never faced a runoff scenario. She adds that Superintendent David Lewis is making strides in education. She says she’s on board with his future plans to increase reading and math initiatives in schools. She recognizes that runoff races and mid-year elections generally trend toward low voter turnout.
“Today, as we celebrate and recognize Independence Day, people celebrate it differently,” Green said. “But it all boils down to freedom. One of those freedoms and liberties we enjoy is the right to vote.”
News 3 also reached out to Joann Thomas-Brown. She says her focus if elected will be student achievement. She also supports employee raises and putting well-qualified teachers in the classroom. Here is a full statement regarding her platform and background: Joann Thomas-Brown platform.
In the District 7 Muscogee County School Board race, former school board chairman Cathy Williams will face Shelia Williams for the seat vacated by Shannon Smallman. Republicans in part of Muscogee County and Harris County will also vote on a Republican candidate in the 3rd Congressional District race to face Democrat Angela Pendley in November. West Point Drew Ferguson won the most votes in May; however, state senator Mike Crane earned a spot in the runoff election July 26.
Early voting starts Tuesday, July 5 and runs through July 22.