COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two months after the May 25 primary election, runoff elections for two pivotal Muscogee County School Board seats will come to a close Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Early voting began back on July 5 and came to a close on July 22. The two Districts that will be involved in the run-off elections are in districts 1 and 7.
In District 1, incumbent Pat Hugely-Green will look to continue her service to District 1. Green was first elected in 2004 and has served on the board ever since. Green believes this is one of the most important election cycles she has been involved in.
"School board is vitally important because it is about the future. It is literally about the future of Columbus, our future bankers, our future lawyers, our future educators and so we want people to vote Pat Hugely-Green for school board District 1."
We reached out to the opponent in this race, Joann Thomas-Brown, but she did not respond to our request for comment.
The other runoff election is in District 7 between incumbent Cathy Williams and Sheila Williams.
Cathy Williams has served two previous terms on the school board. From 2008 to 2014, she served as the county-wide representative, which she believes will serve her well if she wins the District 7 election.
"Our school district is moving in the right directions on all the different levels, whether it is test scores up, graduation rate up, the number of failing schools down, out of school suspensions down," Cathy Williams said. "Every single data measurement is moving in the right direction, including how people feel about our school district."
Her opponent, Sheila Williams, serves as the Executive Director of B&O Services, a group home that helps serve people in the Chattahoochee Valley living with mental disabilities.
Sheila believes this is a crucial election for the people of Muscogee County with the amount of failing schools.
"It means so much because it is what the community is all about," Shelia Williams said. "Our community is about our children, and at this point the schools, most of which are on the south side, the schools are failing, so it is very important."