Tuesday, August 21, 2012
McMahan finished with 65 percent of the vote, compared to Womack's 35 percent.
Jim McMahan defeated district 4 incumbent Paul Womack on Tuesday night in the DeKalb school board runoff. With all 26 precincts reporting, McMahan defeated Womack 65 percent to 35 percent. During the campaign, McMahan sent Patch a clear message about where he stood, saying: "For the fourth year in a row the school system has spent more money than the school board approved. If you feel like the school system is on the right track for academic success, vote for the incumbent. If you want your board member to get your school a cell tower, then vote for the incumbent. But, if you want the school system to focus on the students first, vote for Jim McMahan!" Womack, the District 4 incumbent, told Patch: "I've spoken to a great many people and …
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DeKalb District 4 school board incumbent Paul Womack faces challenger Jim McMahan on Tuesday in a runoff. District 4 includes much of the North Druid Hills and Briarcliff communities, as well as a small eastern portion of Brookhaven, the Skyland precinct. Patch will have a complete wrapup of the election once results come in.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Womack received less than 50% in Tuesday's primary.
Three contenders were vying to unseat District 4 incumbent Paul Womack in Tuesday's election for the DeKalb County Board of Education, but it looks like a runoff in three weeks will decide the issue. Womack, who was first elected in 1981, received 6,705 votes and 46.60% percent, compared to his closest challenger Jim McMahan, who received 4,019 votes. All 189 precincts have reported, and early, in-person votes have also been counted. The Board of Elections has started the process of counting more than 5,000 absentee-by-mail ballots. Speaking to Patch after the results came in, Womack said, "Well, there's going to be a runoff. On the whole, people sort of voted for 'out with the old, in with the new'." He also faced challenges from Tom …