Fayette Dems head to runoff as GOP incumbent keeps seat

Fayette County voters give incumbent school board member a win and send other candidates to runoff.

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Fayette County voters give incumbent school board member a win and send other candidates to runoff.

A Republican Fayette County school board incumbent appeared to hold onto his seat Tuesday as Democrats head to a runoff.

Fayette County voters also overwhelmingly approved a 1-cent education SPLOST, a funding source that has received support from the south metro community since 2004.

In unofficial results late Tuesday, District 2 school board incumbent Roy Rabold appeared to beat out two challengers — fellow Republicans E. Janice Bennett and Alyson Otto — for his seat, avoiding a runoff by getting about 58% of the vote. There is no Democrat in the race for the fall, which means Rabold will stay in office.

In the race to replace District 4 board member Leonard Presberg, Democrat Regina Daigre appeared to fall just shy of a complete win with 49.2% of the vote, below the 50% plus one vote threshold required to avoid a runoff. She will face fellow Democrat Patty Mosley in the runoff next month. The winner of the runoff will face Republican William Leon Yarde, who did not have a challenger.

The E-SPLOST is expected to raise $210 million and will be used for school renovations and classroom expansions, playground equipment, auxiliary gyms for high schools, updated Chromebooks, new buses, technology and security.