Originally created 09/07/02

Former hopeful returns to ballot



As Aiken County School Board member Art Hadden steps aside for re-election, an outspoken figure from the recent past appears, Reb Sutherland.

Ms. Sutherland, a Savannah River Site nuclear scientist, was defeated in June's Republican gubernatorial primary. She received 2,770 votes statewide on a platform of education, economy and environment.

But now she's back, and she submitted 50 signatures of voters in District 2 before the deadline at noon Friday, joining eight others running for Aiken County School Board seats. Four are incumbents.

She ran for state superintendent of education in 1998 and felt it was a very successful run because she was able to disseminate her views throughout the state.

Mr. Hadden is the only school board member not seeking re-election. Five of the nine members' terms expire in November.

Valerie Towles, of Beech Island, also filed to run in District 2 and will be up against Ms. Sutherland.

Ms. Towles, a cytotechnologist at Mullins Pathology & Cytology Laboratory, said she does not personally know Ms. Sutherland. She said the amount of publicity Ms. Sutherland received as a gubernatorial candidate does not make her nervous about running against her.

"I know she has run for numerous other offices in the past, but I have no knowledge of her position to run for school board," Ms. Towles said. "I feel like I'm a person with no set political agendas."

Jeff Jones, of Warrenville, filed to run in District 3 against incumbent Larry Murphy.

Incumbent Andrew Yaun of District 6 had two candidates file to oppose him, Steve Cartin of Graniteville and Christine Sanders, also of Graniteville.

Ms. Sanders retired in June after 30 years with Aiken County public schools. She spent the last eight years as principal of Chukker Creek Elementary School.

When Ms. Sanders announced her decision to retire in February, she said, "I just have some other things I'd like to do while I'm still healthy and well enough to take on some more encounters."

Thomas Goforth, of District 5, and Rosemary English, of District 7, are running unopposed.

Reach Carly Phillips at (803) 648-1395 or carly.phillips@augustachronicle.com.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

DISTRICT 2:

Reb Sutherland, New Ellenton

Valerie Towles, Beech Island

DISTRICT 3:

Larry Murphy, Clearwater

Jeff Jones, Warrenville

DISTRICT 5:

Thomas Goforth, North Augusta

DISTRICT 6:

Steve Cartin, Graniteville

Christine Sanders, Graniteville

Andrew Yaun, Graniteville

DISTRICT 7:

Rosemary English, Aiken