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School board race heads to runoff
One school board incumbent will have to win a runoff election to keep his seat while two other incumbents on the board of education collected enough votes in Tuesday's Republican Primary to capture another term.

District 1 Board of Education member Ray Snow, a retired economic developer, will face challenger Ingrid Metz, a retired public school teacher, in the Aug. 21 runoff election since neither received more than 50 percent of the vote.

Board members who triumphed outright were Jerry Mancil, At-Large Post 2, and John Madala, District 3. Facing no opposition in the Nov. 6 general election, the two will begin their new four-year terms of office Jan. 1.

Snow received 1,198 votes, or 43 percent; Metz garnered 983 votes, or 36 percent.

A third candidate in the District 1 race, Earl Perry, a business owner and former school board member, reeled in 587 votes, or 21 percent.

Snow said he plans to step up his campaign by putting out more signs and talking to voters.

"We just have to get the word out there and let the people of Glynn County decide," Snow said.

Stressing that his experience on the board qualifies him for another term, Snow said he wants to see test scores and graduation rates continue to rise.

Metz said she plans to continue fighting to pull in more votes.

"Hopefully, some of the folks who voted for Earl Perry will vote for me," Metz said.

Metz said she wants to restore teacher morale within the school system and hopes to conservatively manage the district's budget.

In the race for At-Large Post 2, Mancil won by the biggest margin, netting 6,713 votes, or 64 percent.

Mancil, chairman of the board and an electrical contractor, beat retired federal law enforcement officer Larry Lynch, who garnered 2,551 votes, or 24 percent, and small business owner L.A. Chancey, who received 1,245 votes, or 12 percent.

Mancil said he was happy to see the support and is hopeful the school system can continue what he said has been steady improvement over the past several years in student achievement. Working with a budget that has taken a hit in state and local revenue will be the difficult part, he said.

"We are going to have to make some tough decisions right out of the gates," Mancil said.

Chancey had a rocky campaign after comments she posted on Facebook claiming Jews had been behind the mass murder of whites, Christians and gentiles during the last century caused a stir in the community.

Lynch spent much of his time during his campaign in north Georgia, where his wife was having multiple surgeries.

In the District 3 race, incumbent Madala beat opponent Noel Jensen, a construction qualifying agent, with 1,275 votes, or 61 percent.

Jensen pulled in 823 votes, or 39 percent.

Madala, Brunswick deputy fire chief, said the next four years will not be easy, though he is looking forward to the challenge.

"I hope we can hold on to the reins," Madala said. "The budget is going to be tough."

Republican Dee Rogers, a wireless consultant, ran unopposed in the District 5 Republican primary. She will face incumbent Democrat Venus Holmes, also unopposed Tuesday, in the Nov. 6 general election.

Friday is the last day for independent candidates to qualify for election.



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