Eaddy Sams, Mike Hulsey and Hank Yeargan won seats on the Glynn County Board of Education after Tuesday’s election with 100 percent of Glynn County precincts reporting, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
Sams, the Republican candidate, defeated Sharon Robinson, a Democrat, for the District 2 seat. Millard Allen will vacate the seat in January.
Sams received about 75 percent of the vote for the district, 7,623, which covers St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea islands. Robinson earned about 25 percent of the vote, 2,504.
“It feels great. I’m so grateful for all those that have put their time and talents and efforts to get me to this point,” Sams said Tuesday night. “I’m excited for the opportunity to get started on the school board and to serve the community in this way.”
Hulsey, the Republican candidate and incumbent, has served on the school board for 14 years. He beat Democratic candidate Markisha Butler for the At-Large Post 1 seat on the school board.
Hulsey earned about 61 percent of the vote, 18,453 votes, while Butler earned about 39 percent, 11,586 votes.
“I’m so thankful for the outpouring of support I’ve received,” Hulsey said. “I want to sincerely thank all of those that continued to believe in me and the values I stand for. I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve our community. My parents taught me to live my life with honesty and integrity. This election has afforded me the opportunity to teach my four sons the importance of that above all else, especially in the face of adversity. For that I am truly grateful.”
Yeargan, the Republican candidate and incumbent, has served on the school board for eight years. He won against Democratic candidate Regina Johnson in a close race for the District 4 seat.
Yeargan received about 52 percent of the vote, or 2,400 votes, while Johnson earned 48 percent, or 2,205 votes.
“I just really want to see the continuing success that we have built on over the last eight to 10 years,” Yeargan said.
“There’s so many more opportunities for our kids to learn and succeed, with the 95 percent graduate rate, we’ve got top-of-the-line facilities, even our special education program is the best in this area. I’m just excited to see where our school system is going to go.”
The school board members will be sworn in at the start of January.