McNair wins BOE District 3 runoff
By Linda Green

A local barbecue owner has won a seat on the McDuffie County Board of Education.
Jarvis J. McNair, of Poppa’s Finest BBQ and Catering on Washington Road in Thomson, defeated Richard Downs 190 to 146 in the July 22 runoff election for the District 3 seat. The position is currently held by Ella Samuels whose tenure ends Dec. 31.
McNair and Downs faced each other in a runoff since neither received 50 plus one percent of the votes cast in the May 20 statewide non-partisan election. In that race, Downs received 130 votes, or 29.21 percent, and McNair received 187 votes, or 42.02 percent.
During a May 29 recount of the votes casts at the Queen of Angels Catholic Church and Vanderhorst C.M.E. Church precincts, the tallies for the three candidates vying for the seat were unchanged. James Taylor received 127 votes, or 28.54 percent.
At the end of early voting on July 18, there were 116 people who voted in person at the board of elections office for the two District 3 candidates. In addition, 71 votes by mail ballots were issued and 51 of those had been returned.
“I want to thank all voters in the third district for entrusting me with their kids,” said McNair, who is also a bus driver and monitor for the school system. “My main concerns are the kids and their safety as well as the safety of the teachers, administrators and others. I am ready to go to work for the citizens of McDuffie County.”

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, July 24, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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