Incumbent Troup County Board of Education member Allen Simpson narrowly defeated challenger Deborah Albright-Santiago Tuesday to keep the seat he initially won just two years ago.
Simpson defeated Santiago by about 300 votes, 1,415 to 1,153, securing almost 55 percent of District 1 votes. The special election was to fill the remaining two years of the Board of Education District 1 seat that Simpson stepped down from a year ago after discovering he lived just outside the district.
Simpson was elected as the District 1 board member in 2010, but after the Board of Education began the process of looking at redrawing district lines last year following the 2010 census, Simpson discovered the error in his residency and opted to step down in November 2011. The seat was vacant until June, when – following redrawing district lines that included putting Simpson officially into District 1 – the board appointed him back to the seat on an interim basis while calling for the November election to fill the remainder of the term.