COVINGTON -- It appears school board Chair Eddie Johnson will keep his District 2 Board of Education seat for the next four years, after voters elected the Democrat to a second term.
He was running against Republican Ricky Corley, who also lost to Johnson in the 2008 election after serving for 12 years on the school board. Corley also lost a bid for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat to Democrat Lanier Sims in 2010.
Johnson received 4,610 votes, or 54.25 percent, compared to Corley, who received 3,887 votes, or 45.75 percent, according to the Secretary of State's website,which was unofficial as of press time Tuesday.
Johnson, a native of Leesburg and a 21-year Covington resident, was a retired AT&T senior project manager and drove a school bus for the Newton County School System before taking over the seat in January 2009. He was unavailable for comment as of press time Tuesday.
He began serving as the board's chair this year, after previously serving a year as vice chair. The position typically rotates each year.
In addition to the District 2 seat, the school board's District 4 seat was up for reelection this year. Only Democrats Almond Turner (incumbent) and Franklin Perry qualified for the seat, and votes for Turner during the primary election earlier this year allowed him to keep the seat, which he has held for 16 years.