After heated primary races, two winners have been selected as Republican nominees for seats on the Alabama Board of Education.
Baldwin County Board of Education member Tracy Roberts won with 63.5 percent of the vote over her opponent Jessica James’ 36.5 percent. Incumbent Randy McKinney did not seek re-election. (Information from a March 14th Associated Press release.)
Roberts at this point does not have an opponent in November after Democrat Cecil Gardner dropped out of the race before Tuesday’s primary, according to an article published March 15th in the Mobile Press-Register. Bradley Davidson, executive director of the Alabama Democratic Party, stated that “he had too much going on,” and that they would be replacing him with another candidate.
Jeff Newman, a retired Lamar County Schools Superintendent, took 50.84 percent of the vote for the north Alabama state board seat, defeating opponent David Black. Newman will face Democrat Radford Hester in November. Incumbent Gary Warren did not seek re-election.
Party nominations for State Board of Education seats in districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 were uncontested.