Joel Hagood on Tuesday defeated sitting Walker County Superintendent of Education Jason Adkins to win the Republican nomination for the seat, earning the right to face independent candidate Tanya …
Joel Hagood on Tuesday defeated sitting Walker County Superintendent of Education Jason Adkins to win the Republican nomination for the seat, earning the right to face independent candidate Tanya Guin in the Nov. 6 General Election.
In official results released by the county, Hagood won a vote of 9,132, or 64 percent, versus 5,189, or 36 percent, for Adkins.
"I want to first thank God and then thank my beautiful family," Hagood said. "My wife and two children have sacrificed so much during this campaign. I appreciate them and their love so much. I also want to thank the voters and taxpayers of Walker County. I appreciate the vote of confidence they gave me today."
Both men waged a intense campaign for the position. Citizens overwhelmingly voted for change at the superintendent position.
"I believe this vote speaks volumes," Hagood said. "We started this journey on June 10 of last year, so this has been a nearly year-long campaign. I have had some incredibly loyal supporters who put a lot on the line, and I certainly appreciate all they did."
Supporters of Hagood turned out in droves at the Jasper Civic Center to get election returns.
Hagood said he looks forward to the General Election in November, but commented on his first plan if he becomes the next superintendent for Walker County Schools.
"If I am fortunate enough to win in November, I want to bring everybody together," he said. "It is time that we all come together and do what is best for the children of Walker County."
Adkins was not present as vote counts were being given out at the civic center. He could not be reached for comment as of press time on Tuesday night.
Kennedy wins BOE District 1
Trent Kennedy won by a wide margin Tuesday in the race to fill the Walker County Board of Education District 1 seat. Kennedy earned 68 percent of the vote in defeating David Miller.
Final vote numbers were 2,865 for Kennedy to 1,348 for Miller.
"I have to thank Jesus, my lord and savior, my wife, Angela, my daughter, Lynlee, my family, friends, as well as community members and business owners who supported me," Kennedy said. "I'm honored by the support that I received, and I promise to do what is right for not only the students in the Curry area and District 1 but for all the kids in the Walker County School System."
Kennedy complimented his opponent on a "good" race.
"I want to thank David Miller," he said. "David is a great guy, and I definitely want to reach out to him for his thoughts and work with him in the future. I appreciate his dedication to this area."
Beaty wins BOE District 3 race
Vonda Beaty, a former superintendent of the Walker County Schools, was voted to that system's board of education Tuesday by defeating incumbent Bill Edd Gilbert.
Beaty picked up 1,761 votes (51 percent) compared to Gilbert's 1,682 votes (49 percent).
"I feel incredibly blessed," Beaty said. "It is time that children be put first in our school system, and the change that took place tonight will help make that happen. I'm very thankful for the support that I received."
Beaty said the voters wanted a change at the Walker County BOE.
"The superintendent's race sent a significant message that the people of Walker County are ready for a change," she said. "I will play a supporting role and be of assistance in facilitating that change."