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Goree wins recount in BOE District 3

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

A recount on Tuesday of the votes cast in the Aug. 5 run-off election for the Clayton County Board of Education District 3 seat showed almost no change from results from a week earlier.

Retired Clayton County Public Schools employee, Jessie Goree, defeated retired Atlanta Public Schools employee, Charles Davis, by just 11 votes, said officials from the Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration. The recount took place at the former Clayton County Police Department Communications Center in Jonesboro.

A week earlier, the runoff results showed Goree had a 12-vote lead. Since then, one provisional ballot turned up, which favored Davis.

"I officially won the election," said Goree Tuesday night with a sigh of relief outside a state administrative hearing in Atlanta for four members of the school board. "I'm just looking forward to serving the constituents of Clayton County."

Goree will take office on Jan. 1, 2009.

Goree said her focus, between now and the time she is sworn in as a school board member in December, will be the school system's accreditation crisis. Her son, Isaiah, is a senior at North Clayton High School, and a loss of the district's accreditation could hurt his chances of attending a private or out-of-state college.

Goree's election helps bring some clarity about the future of the school board. Chairperson Michelle Strong, and Vice chairperson Sandra Scott are not up for re-election until 2010. District 8 representative Alieka Anderson was elected on July 15 to fill the remaining two and a half years of former board member Norreese Haynes' unexpired term.

District 7 representative Trinia Garrett was elected to a four-year term in July, and board members appointed her to fill the remaining five and a half months of former board member David Ashe's unfilled term.

Michael King was elected on Aug. 5 to fill out the remaining two and a half years of former district 4 representative Ericka Davis' unexpired term. He will take office later this month.

Mary Baker, who won the Democratic primary for District 6, faces no Republican opposition in November, but independent candidate Marcela Bodkin is seeking court intervention to get on the ballot.

Baker and Bodkin will also face each other in a Sept. 16 special election to determine who will fill the remaining three and a half months of former board member Eddie White's unexpired term.