Two incumbents were unseated in Baldwin County last night, after votes were counted in the Republican runoff.
Tony Myrick won a seat on the Board of Education with 52 percent of the vote over incumbent Elmer McDaniel while Chris Elliott unseated Bob James for the District 2 County Commission seat.
Myrick said his views on the issues facing schools resonated with voters and led to the victory.
The board wasn’t spending enough money on capital expenses, Myrick said. For instance, he said school buildings in the county needed to built on to for more space.
“Capital improvements need to addressed and haven’t been,” Myrick said Wednesday morning. “Schools are too small.”
In addition, Myrick said the county should hire more teachers because the student-to-teacher ratio was too large. He added that his first action when he takes office in January would be to work on scaling back a countywide policy to provide iPads and MacBooks to students in a program called “Digital Renaissance.” The program uses grant funding to lower the cost to the school board, but the price tag is still about 2 percent of the system’s budget.
“I’m not saying kids aren’t worth the money, but there are more pressing issues,” Myrick said.
He suggested providing the technology for students in middle school, as a way to save money.
In an upset, Daphne businessman Chris Elliott, with 60 percent of the vote, unseated incumbent Bob James for the District 2 County Commission seat. Elliott couldn’t be reached Wednesday morning. Calls to James weren’t immediately returned.
In other GOP races, Jim Zeigler won the nomination for State Auditor over Dale Peterson. John Merrill won the nomination for Secretary of State over Reese McKinney and Greg Albritton with represent the party in November in a race with Susan Smith for the District 22 Senate seat, which includes portions of Baldwin County.