The leader of “Team ABCD,” four candidates who set out to unseat incumbents on the Troup County Board of Education, will face a runoff Aug. 21.
Voters in District Three will go back to elect Dariel Daniel or incumbent Sheila Rowe, the top two vote-getters Tuesday.
Daniel received 41.95 percent of the vote and Rowe, who has been on the school board 17 years, received 46.64 percent.
June Hogan, a third challenger, received 11.25 percent and said late Tuesday she would tell her supporters to vote for Rowe when they go back to the polls.
“My whole motivation for running was to block (Team ABCD) from getting on the school board,” Hogan said. “I will be voting for Sheila Rowe.”
Rowe said she would regroup and focus on getting supporters to the polls for the runoff.
“I understand that I have to work harder,” she said.
Daniel also was disappointed.
“I am disappointed there are that many people that still wanted the same school board,” he said. “I got 800 votes and that means 800 people are ready for change.”
Daniel was the unofficial leader of “Team ABCD,” a group of school board challengers made up of himself, Frank Barnes, Tommy Callaway and Ashley Adams. Adams was successful in beating incumbent John Darden but Barnes and Callaway were defeated by Dianne Matthews and Debbie Burdette in their districts.
Daniel also was the target of an advertising campaign led by the Citizens for The Future of Troup County, a group made up of elected and other community leaders who made a push late before the election to discredit challengers to several local races. Daniel and Callaway both were targeted by negative advertising sent to voters.
Daniel’s ad said he failed to pay his state taxes and owed Georgia more than $14,000. Daniel countered the claim and said the taxes were owed on money he actually made while working in Texas that the state was trying to tax here. He said his accountant was negotiating with the state and he would pay the due amount when an agreement was reached.