Republican ticket for state super still in question

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 23, 2014
Mike Buck, left, and Richard Woods, right, at a June 30 candidates forum. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Mike Buck, left, and Richard Woods, right, at a June 30 candidates forum. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Former City Schools of Decatur Board of Education Member Valarie Wilson easily won the Democratic nomination in the July 22 runoff election, but it’s not clear who her opponent will be in the November general election.

The turnout was considerably higher in the Republican runoff between Mike Buck, the chief of staff to outgoing superintendent John Barge, and Richard Woods, a former high school principal and teacher who currently works in the private sector. Nearly 400,000 Georgia voters participated in the GOP runoff, compared with 135,000 who participated in the Democratic runoff between Wilson and state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan.

Buck was behind by more than 700 votes, but within a 1 percent margin that allows for a recount.  Buck told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he would likely request a recount.

Woods posted a message on his Facebook page on July 23 that said, “Encouraged by last night’s showing and confident that my lead will hold while provisional ballots are counted and the recount is underway.”

While other candidates were supporters of keeping the state’s Common Core educational standards, Woods made opposing them one of the central themes of his campaign. If he wins, it will present a sharp ideological contrast to Wilson, who supports keeping the standards.

 

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  • Moe Emenaker

    Which one would have an easier time of beating Valerie Wilson?

    • Terry Forrester

      ANY REPUBLICAN WOULD WIN BUT IF BUCK WINS THE RUNOFF I’LL VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT. BUCK IS BAD FOR KIDS…HE’S ALL ABOUT HI
      SELF.

  • Terry Forrester

    I HOPE WOODS WINS..BUCK IS ALL TALK BUT HATES TEENAGERS AND SHOULDN’T even be in the field of education..BESIDES HATING TEENAGERS, HE IS FOR COMMON CORE, WHICH OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS ARE FOR. HE SHOULD BE A DEMO RAT..HE NEEDS TO GET OUT OF EDUCATION. HE WAS A POOR EXCUSE FOR A PRI.CIPLE AT ROME HIGH SCHOOL.

  • Former Rome Student

    Mike Buck was my principal back at Rome High School. I found him to be a great principal and hope that a recounts has Buck emerge as the victor. I’m not sure why Terry is under the impression that he hates teenagers… I never experienced or saw this type of interaction while I was a student at Rome during this tenure. In fact, every interaction I ever had with him was very positive and he was very supportive of his students.

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