Benton remains as school board president, Popham elected
by Mark Andrews
Nov 09, 2011 | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Board of Education President Linda Benton maintained her seat during Tuesday's election and newcomer Travis Popham won the seat for Ward 3.

"I'm very pleased with the results and I think it shows a strong vote of confidence for me and for the school board and what we're doing," Benton said.

Benton beat challenger Saunders Jones III with 63.07 percent of votes to 36.78 percent of votes, or 931 to 617 votes.

Benton is a 17-year veteran of the school board. She has said she hopes to see the school system's Gatekey Scholarship go statewide as well as the results of focus classes at the primary school and iPads at the freshman academy.

Popham beat Clift Dempsey for the seat formerly held by Tim Chason with 51.53 percent of votes to 48.47 percent of votes, or 290 to 318 votes.

"I'm very excited, it's been a roller coaster of an evening," Popham said. "I've got to thank everyone who voted and everyone that helped me out. It's been a lot of hard work and I'm excited to be on board."

Popham, co-owner of Professional Realty Group in Cartersville, said working in the real estate market has given him background to handle financial issues on the board.

Pat Broadnax ran unopposed for the Ward 4 seat.

The school board will hold its regular work session Thursday at 6 p.m. in the central office board room and its regular business session Monday, Nov. 14, at the same time and location.