There are three races in the runoff, with one winner facing another hurdle in the General Election in November.
The elected makeup of the Cherokee County school system will be complete with the runoff, as there are no Republican candidates in the November General Election. Mitchell Guice and Brian Johnson came out of the June 1 Primary as front-runners in the battle for superintendent, but none of the four candidates emer-ged with the required ma-jority of votes (one more than half) to avoid a runoff. Johnson polled 1,539 votes (33.5 percent), Guice 1,277 (27.7 percent), incumbent Kay Davis 1,265 (27.5 percent) and Paul McWhorter 508 (11.1 percent).
Delbra Adams with 1,627 votes (39.4 percent) led in the three-person race for Board of Education Place 2. Tony Kirk with 1,404 votes (34 percent) forced the runoff. Christyne Price finished with 1,096 votes (26.6 percent).
The other position on the runoff ballot is for County Commission District 3, with Republican Kevin Ford awaiting the Democrat candidate in the General Election. Incumbent Kathryn Black was a narrow leader in the Primary with 1,197 votes (27.1 percent) to 1,191 (27 percent) for Elbert St. Clair, leaving the two to square off in the runoff. Blake Chambers had 828 votes (18.8 percent), Ronnie Moore 659 (14.9 percent) and Richard Chumbler 538 (12.2 percent).
With 2,362 votes, Lynn Rochester claimed the Board of Education Place 1 race over Frankie Trammell, who had 1,842 votes.
Jerry Wade Sprouse was the winner in the Democratic Primary for County Commission District 1 with 2,421 votes to 1,148 for Grady Rhinehart and 409 for Earl Blair. Sprouse faces off with Republican Lori Owens in the General Election.
The Superintendent of Education position is elected for a four-year term, with a current annual salary of $82,563 The superintendent’s salary must be $15,000 higher than the next highest-salary in the system. The term begins at the start of the next calendar year following the General Election, which will be Jan. 1, 2005.
The superintendent is in charge of all the schools in the system, all the employees and supervisors, presides over the board meeting and answers to the board of education.
Members of the Board of Education are paid $500 a month. They serve four years, beginning with the start of the next calendar year following the General Election. They have two regular meetings a month, but also are subject to special called meetings.
Members of the County Commission will be paid $19,775 annually. They take office the first business day of the new year following the General Election. They have two regularly scheduled meetings a month and are subject to special called meetings