WINDER - A former superintendent won a spot on the county's Board of Education in a Tuesday runoff, and an incumbent county commissioner was ousted from his post by a challenger.
Daniel Cromer, 61, beat 41-year-old Amy Osier by a more than two-to-one margin for the Board of Education's District 7 at-large seat.
Cromer is a former superintendent in the district, and worked in the Barrow County Schools for 20 years. He beat Osier 930 votes to 453.
Osier left the Barrow County annex, where vote totals were being posted, before the results were complete. She said she was disappointed by low turnout - 1,904 people voted for a turnout of 7.54 percent - and the fact that the Apalachee High School area of the district will not be represented on the board. She did not rule out another run in the future.
"That whole side of the tracks, they're going to lose their voice," she said. "My voice is not silenced. If anything, I'll be eying it even more."
Although he did not lose a single district, Cromer refused to accept a victory until all the totals were in. He said the nature of a runoff made him nervous that even though he bested Osier by more than 700 votes in the primary, not enough people would cast votes this time to make him victorious.
Once he acknowledged his win, Cromer said he was pleased to be joining a board that was already aware of all the growth-related issues it would be facing.
"I feel good, of course," he said. "I'm looking forward to my service. ... Hopefully, I'll add my voice to the symphony."
Parks wins District 5
In the Board of Commissioner's District 5 race, former Auburn mayor Billy E. Parks bested incumbent David Dyer 180 votes to 88.
Dyer, 39, was running for his second term as a county commissioner. In the primary, he had 132 votes to 57-year-old Parks' 152.
The race seemed close when the first precinct reported, with Dyer up 56 to 45. But absentee and early voting returns gave Parks 40 votes and just one for Dyer.
Elections Supervisor Kristi Royston said Parks distributed absentee applications to his constituents, which could explain the wide margin.
After the results were reported, Dyer said he thought it was ironic that the city of Auburn had benefited from a sewer project passed earlier in the night with him on the board. He complimented Parks, but said he did not know if all of District 5 would benefit from his win.
"Auburn got a home run tonight," he said. "I think the city of Auburn wanted a representative on the board, and they got one. Whether that's the best thing for District 5, I don't know."
Parks said he was honored by his win, and would be busy deciding who to appoint to boards and commissions before he takes the seat in January.
"I'm looking forward to the four years I get to serve. There will be a lot of changes in Barrow County in those four years," he said. "It's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to sitting up in the big chair."