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Redrawn districts could pit Sullivan County school board incumbents against each other

September 21st, 2013 7:58 pm by Rick Wagner

Redrawn districts could pit Sullivan County school board incumbents against each other

Two incumbents could be facing off with each other on the Sullivan County school board elections in 2016 if a committee’s proposal is adopted by the Sullivan County Commission.

The redistricting plan in question, discussed at a meeting of the commission’s Redistricting Committee Monday as a way to satisfy “one man, one vote” requirements, would put BOE member Todd Broughton of Bloomingdale into the same district as BOE member Randall Jones of Indian Springs.

It also would put BOE members Robyn Ivester of Piney Flats into the same district as member Betty Combs of Bluff City, taking Ivester’s current representation of part of Colonial Heights and putting that in the district of BOE Vice Chairman Jack Bales of Sullivan Gardens.

In the upcoming 2014 elections for the nonpartisan BOE seats, Ivester, Chairman Dan Wells of Lynn Garden and Jerry Greene of Bristol are up for four-year terms.

That means that if Combs remains on the board but chooses not to run for the new seat in 2014, Combs would serve her remaining time on the board and then be out in 2016.

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