Beard holds on to Buford commission post



BUFORD -- A longtime elected official secured four more years in office, while another incumbent lost his post following Tuesday's vote for Buford city commission and school board.

Incumbent Phillip Beard, a 36-year veteran of the city commission, beat opponent Charles Van House Jr., a political newcomer, by winning 91 percent of the vote (831 total).

Beard, 71, said he appreciated the "voters' trust."

"I thank them for their confidence and letting me look after their city," Beard said. "We're going to continue to grow, and continue to be successful."

On the school board, longtime member Leon Johnson, 65, was ousted by political newcomer Beth Lancaster by a narrow margin. Lancaster had 586 votes to Johnson's 405.

✓ Phillip Beard (i)


Charles Van House Jr.


Buford School Board

Leon Johnson


✓ Beth Lancaster


Johnson had served on the school board since 2001.

Lancaster said she was "excited about the win."

"I appreciate all the supporters, and I'm excited to get stared and work with a wonderful board," said Lancaster, 41.

Elections Supervisor Kim Wolfe said about 20 percent of registered voters in Buford turned out Tuesday.

Daren Perkins ran unopposed for the school board.