COVINGTON -- Sixteen-year incumbent Almond Turner handily defeated Tuesday a former Newton County educator in his reelection bid to the Newton County Board of Education.
According to the Secretary of State's website, Turner defeated Franklin Perry Sr. with 66.94 percent of the vote. Turner received 1,156 votes to Perry's 571.
Turner faces no Republican opposition for the District 4 BOE seat.
Turner, 61, is a lifelong resident of Newton County and is an assistant police chief for the Covington Police Department. He has served as chairman of the school board for four one-year terms and as vice chairman for four terms.
Turner began his law enforcement career as an officer with CPD in 1972, and has worked as a crime prevention officer and in the criminal investigative division. He has been assistant chief of police since December 1997.
In his next term on the school board, Turner plans increase parental involvement in education and focus on positive achievements, such as the Newton College and Career Academy, which helps to better educate more students, he said.
Perry, 64, is as an education consultant for Greene County Public Schools, a position he's held since 2010. He was born in Newton County and graduated from R.L. Cousins. Perry served in the U.S. Army and has lived in Newton County since 1998.
Perry has extensive experience in education, having worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the states of Virginia, Alabama and Georgia, including serving as principal of Clements Middle School from 1998 to 2002.
Calls to Turner and Perry were not returned by presstime.
Citizen staff reporter Michelle Floyd contributed to this story.