There is no need for a State Board of Education District 1 general election. The Democratic candidate Ron Davis has dropped out of the race. This makes Republican Jackie Zeigler the defacto winner. Her duties will begin in January.
Davis released a statement today that says he wants to focus on improving the city of Prichard.
The full statement can be read below:
Four years ago, I was hopeful the City of Prichard could continue to move forward in Mayor Ephriam’s Administration, but it hasn’t. The progress that was originated or approved was in my administration; Wilson Ave. Project, Love’s, Hardee’s and the BP funding are a few implemented after I left office. My decision today, after much consideration, I have decided to withdraw my name from the State School Board Race.
When, I witness our Mayor, missing several council meetings to resolve financial and other matters for the city. I realize that as a citizen of Prichard, when murders and other crimes are not being solved along with mismanagement, I should get back involved at home to make sure we elect a Mayor, that care about the people’s interest. Back in Nov. when I qualified as a Democrat for State School Board my goal was to see Alabama Education rise to one of the Nations best. I believe Mrs. Ziegler, record and passion for education will help improve our State in Education.
On Tuesday, voters chose Jackie Zeigler as the republican candidate over current appointee Matthew Brown. Governor Bentley appointed Brown after the resignation of Al Thompson last year. Not many people voted on Tuesday; less than 5 percent showed up.