The Shelby County Colleges board may have one new member this 12 months after Sheleah Harris ousted incumbent Scott McCormick on Thursday.
The opposite 4 board members who had been up for re-election, Althea Greene, Stephanie Love, Kevin Woods, and Miska Clay Bibbs, retained their seats by hundreds of votes.
Harris, a authorities affairs supervisor for Verizon and a former highschool trainer for Shelby County Colleges and Bartlett Metropolis Colleges, received 49% of the vote with 20 out of 21 precincts reporting late Thursday. She defeated 4 others together with McCormick, who was elected to the college board in 2014 and received re-election in 2016 uncontested. Mauricio Calvo dropped out of the race final month to endorse Harris however was nonetheless on the poll.
Harris would be the new board member for District 5, which incorporates her alma mater Cordova Excessive College and unincorporated areas of Shelby County.
“That is the start of a brand new journey and collectively we'll be sure that the way forward for our district is one in all fairness and entry for all,” she mentioned in an announcement Thursday.
College board members decide the district’s objectives and rent, handle, and consider the district’s superintendent. They're elected to four-year phrases with no time period limits and are paid $25,000 per 12 months. Thursday’s election encompassed 5 of the 9 seats on the college board that appointed Superintendent Joris Ray final 12 months.
Greene of District 2, which incorporates North Memphis and Binghampton, ran unopposed.
For District 3, which incorporates Frayser, Raleigh, and Woodstock, incumbent Love received 65% of the vote over challengers Jesse Jeff, who works for a trainer affiliation, and Aaron Youngblood, the regional supervisor for Enriched Colleges, which offers constitution colleges with substitute lecturers.
Woods returns for a 3rd time period representing District 4, which incorporates southeast Memphis and the district’s three Germantown colleges, with 60% of the vote. He defeated three challengers: Clyde Pinkston, a retired trainer; Tamarques Porter, a cyber safety analyst and former trainer assistant; and Kristy Sullivan, the director of household and stakeholder engagement at The New Trainer Undertaking.
In District 7, Bibbs received 61% of the vote over Trevor Johnson Banks with 16 of 20 precincts reporting Thursday night.
You possibly can learn the winners’ solutions to Chalkbeat’s candidate survey beneath: