Revised on: 11.9.2018 at 10:16 a.m.
Posted on: 11.7.2018 at 12:06 a.m.
In Tuesday’s voting for Columbus County Board of Education, Ronnie Strickland of Evergreen handily won the District 2 seat being vacated by Barbara Yates-Lockamy, who lost her bid for N.C. House District 46 (see related story on page 9A).
Strickland received 5,983 votes to defeat Rashad Roberts (3,623) and Shane Enzor (2,395). Write-in votes in the district totaled 66.
“Now the work begins,” Strickland said Wednesday morning. He described the county schools as facing “lots of challenges” that the board “needs to meet head on.”
He believes that voters who chose him for the District 2 seat showed confidence that he will work with the four other board members to improve the schools. “I take that responsibility on my shoulders,” he said. “I’ll support the best interests of our students.”
Strickland is Cardinal Health’s regional pharmacy operations director for the East Coast. During the campaign he said that his leadership experience had prepared him to help deal with the challenges that the county schools will face in coming years. He spoke in favor of consolidating small community schools and conserving financial resources but declined to give an opinion on merger with the city schools until consultants from Emerald Education present their results. Strickland ran unsuccessfully against Barbara Yates-Lockamy four years ago.
Incumbent school board members Monte Herring and Worley T. Edwards were both unopposed except for write-in votes and sailed into another term, each with over 98 percent of the votes in their districts. Herring received 9,734 votes in District 3, with 148 ballots having write-ins. Edwards got 9,894 votes in District 4, against 171 write-in names.