The turnout is growing so far in a run-off for the District 6 school board seat's special election being held next Tuesday as early voting continues in Rockmart and at the Board of Elections office in Cedartown.
Only those voters in District 6 can head to the polls through Friday during regular business hours - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - at the Nathan Dean Community Center on Goodyear Street in downtown Rockmart or at the Board of Elections office in Cedartown at 144 West Ave. to cast ballots early for this race only.
So far, 41 people had participated since early voting started Monday morning. That includes nine voters who cast their ballots today.
Voters are going to the polls to decide between interim school board member Judy Wiggins, running to retain her seat, and candidate and local business owner Chris Culver. Wiggins took 229 votes in the district, or 42 percent of the overall, and Culver took 210 votes, or 38 percent of the total.
Carolyn Williams, who ran in the race as well, took 18.7 percent of the vote, or 101 ballots in the November race.
Without a clear majority held by any candidate, Wiggins and Culver moved to the runoff coming up in 2 weeks to decide who will take the seat permanently.
Wiggins was selected by the board members to serve until the end of December in the position formerly held by now Polk County Commissioner Hal Floyd, who resigned from the school board in early August.
A Former Polk School District teacher and educator, Wiggins seeks to keep the seat for the coming years now that she is in office on a temporary basis. In previous reporting, she has said she seeks to utilize her experience in the classrooms and halls of Polk School District to meet specific local needs.
“Every little aspect of what our students needs are need to be looked at for each decision made,” Wiggins said. “I can assure you sitting on this board for the past month that no decision is being made without a lot of questions being asked.”
Culver, who is head of Culver Exterminating Company, is a 1990 graduate of Rockmart High School and has two children in the school district currently in Rockmart Middle and Rockmart High School as well.
He has said previously that he wants to bring a common sense approach to education and avoid political fights all together. Though a political newcomer in the Board of Education race, Culver listed a number of boards and organizations he has participated in over the past 20 years.
“How many of you have woke up one day and said ‘I want to be on the Polk School Board,’” Culver said. “Me neither. I truly don’t think you wake up one day and say I want to do that. It’s not been the most appealing position to hold over the years. Let me just say this: I wasn’t raised to run, I was raised by my parents to serve. And that’s what I hope to do in this case.”
Any voter in District 6 who was registered for the November special election for the seat can participate, but only those voters within District 6.
Call the Polk County Board of Elections at 770-749-2103 with any questions.