Two of the three races for seats on the Leon County School Board are headed to a runoff.
Incumbent school board member Joy Bowen was able to avoid a run-off in the District 5 race with 53.2% of vote. Bowen received 3,867 votes while Bowen’s only challenger, Marcus Nicolas, tallied 3,401 votes.
District 4 incumbent school board member Alva Striplin faced two challengers in the August 28th primary. Striplin finished first but was unable to cross the 50% threshold with 47.4% (9,221 votes) of the vote. The run-off will feature Striplin and Leon County School Board administrator Ricky Bell who received 34.2% (6,671 votes) of the vote. Patty Ball Thomas finished third with 18.4% (3,578 votes) of the vote.
District 3 incumbent school board member Maggie Lewis-Butler faced three challengers. Lewis-Butler was able to secure a place in the run-of by finishing second with 23.9% (2,106 votes) of the vote. Challenger Darryl Jones won the race with 44.1% (3,878 votes) of the vote.