When the absentee ballots came in Tuesday night at 11 o’clock, an anxious Lynn Wright breathed a sigh of relief inside the Lowndes County Courthouse.
The sitting superintendent of Lowndes County School District found out he would be keeping his job for four more years. Wright dominated a Republican primary that pitted three Lowndes County educators against each other. He finished with 2,657 tallies to his name (61 percent), more than double the amount second place finisher, New Hope High School assistant principal Sammy Sullivan.
Sullivan took home 25 percent of the vote with 1,081 ballots. Joe Cook Elementary principal Dr. Tim Wilcox finished last with 604 votes (14 percent).
“I’m very humbled and appreciative of the confidence from the voters,” Wright told The Dispatch in the aftermath of his victory. “We’re going to do everything possible to justify that trust.”
Wright’s victory comes three months after Lowndes voters approved a $44 million bond issue for LCSD that will construct a new high school in New Hope and a centralized career-technical center among other improvements district-wide.
Next up for Wright and LCSD’s board of trustees is deciding where to place the centralized career-technical center.
LCSD students return to class Monday.
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