In the end, the race for the Columbia County Board of Education District 1 seat ended up not being much of a race at all.
David Dekle, who was forced into a runoff with Carolyn Chase after the July 31 primary, beat her with a healthy 63.4 percent of the 3945 votes cast.
“It’s flattering,” said Dekle of the margin of victory. “But I certainly don’t want to take anything away from Carolyn. She’s a very nice woman and very dedicated. Dedicated to the kids and education. I think, in the end, I was just able to mobilize people a little better.”
The election was Dekle’s first experience as a political candidate and he admitted he was exciting about putting the campaign behind him.
“It was tough,” he said with laugh. “But it’s good to know my first -- or as my wife is calling it my last -- campaign went well. It’s encouraging.”
First on Dekle’s agenda is assisting in the search for a new Columbia County School Superintendent. Current Superintendent Charles Nagel announced he would retire at the end of the 2012-13 school year earlier this year.
“They are allowing me to sit at the table for those discussions,” Dekle said. “And obviously that has to be our first priority.”