With education being at the hearts of every individual, it takes a special group of people to provide oversight in the community on what goes on in the halls of Madison County Schools.
In the 2018 general election, residents voted on two seats for the third and fourth districts for the Madison County Board of Education, filling in the vacant spots previously held by Mary Renfro, who left her position to run for state representative, and Sue McAfee, whose term expires in December 2018.
In the third district, Brandon Rutherford faced Elizabeth Logan to win the seat. Rutherford ended up beating Logan by 189 votes.
Rutherford, who is in Texas for a training exercise, was filled with emotions as he awaited the results of the race. While watching the live results by WBON, he said, the most nerve-wracking moment came when they were about to announce the winner of the board of education, but instead, returned to talking about the close state representative race between Deanna Frazier and Morgan Eaves.
It wasn’t until he received a text message from a friend that he found out he won, but, Rutherford said, he had a good feeling about the race.
“I was very excited, and I felt validated that I did it,” Rutherford said. “I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the school system to see if we can make things better.”
Rutherford said he wants to be a board member who goes in and talks to teachers and students and be able to bring that information back to the board to make Madison County Schools better.
In the fourth district, three people were gunning for the seat on the board of education. Between Lori Linville Cobb, Brandy Winkler and Wayne Renfro, Cobb won the position with 43.9 percent of the vote, and only 18 votes stood between her and Winkler.
The Register attempted to reach out to Cobb for a comment, but didn’t hear back by press time.
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