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Write-in candidate runs for school board
A city resident frustrated with the Glynn County Board of Education is hoping to unseat incumbent Jerry Mancil in the Nov. 6 At-Large Post 2 race.

It won't be easy, though. Tommie Darrington, 59, is running as a write-in candidate.

Mancil, a Republican and chairman of the school board, has no Democratic opponent on the general election ballot.

Darrington, who completed the necessary paperwork to be considered a viable write-in candidate, said he is hard at work getting his name recognized to pose a challenge to Mancil.

"I'm running because I don't like the way things are happening right now, with the closing of (Risley Early College Academy) and (Southside Performance Learning Center)," Darrington said. "I hope to restore (these programs) that were helping the children."

Darrington also is against raising taxes and wants to focus on important programs.

"Mainly, I want to help in establishing educational programs that will help our children exceed to the next level," he said.

Darrington attended Risley High School and graduated from Brunswick High School, giving him an understanding of the school system and its faults, he said.

"I have honesty and integrity, and that's really the only qualification I need," Darrington said. "I want to change the way the school board acts. I think it's time to come together as one."

Bringing the school board together to act in the best interest of the education community is something that must be done for success, he said.

"We're so far apart right now, and it just isn't working," Darrington said.

Darrington said he'll be active in the community, knocking on doors and passing out flyers to inform people he's running as a write-in candidate.

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