A new member of the Elmore County Board of Education was elected through write-in votes during the Nov. 6 general election.
Wendell Saxon was elected to the position of Elmore County Board of Education member for District 2, which encompasses part of Wetumpka and Millbrook.
Saxon received 738 votes, incumbent board member Patrycya Tucker received 466 votes and ElWanda Penn received 305 votes.
“It really feels great that the people have that much confidence in me and that much respect for me,” Saxon said. “I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work.”
According to Elmore County Probate Office Chief Clerk Jacob Shamblin said no candidates had been formally certified for the race or listed on the initially printed ballots.
Because the county probate office was not notified of the seat vacancy until after ballots were printed, Shamblin said District 2 residents cast their votes on a separate ballot designated for that specific race.
While he was the principal of Wetumpka High School, Elmore County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis said he met Saxon, who he described as a highly-involved parent.
“He did an exceptional job while working with booster clubs and things that I had an opportunity to work with him on,” Dennis said. “He’s a person of character, and obviously I think he’ll do a great job for Elmore County.”
Saxon said he first became aware that the seat was vacant in October, and spent about a week campaigning prior to his election.
Saxon said he has much admiration for Tucker, and hopes to continue the good work she has done while in office.
“I want to thank her for her service,” Saxon said. “I’ll be asking her for her knowledge and expertise.”
Dennis also thanked Tucker, who he said has been a great asset to the school board.
“I know that I’ll continue to see her,” Dennis said. “She (kept) me level-headed in meetings when people didn’t understand what was happening behind the scenes.”
A new representative on the BOE for District 3, which covers part of Holtville and Millbrook, was also elected. David Jones, who ran unopposed, will be replacing incumbent Mark Nelson.
“Mark has been here for quite some time, and has done a great job for Elmore County in that position,” Dennis said. “He’s ready to pass the torch to David, and I think David is ready to take it up.”
Dennis said Saxon and Jones will be recognized during a Nov. 27 board meeting.