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Incumbent Dan Seckinger wins School Board race

Dan Seckinger

Dan Seckinger

While experience appeared to win out in the Gwinnett County Board of Education District 2 primary on Tuesday, the incumbent praised the work of the school district.

In a battle of three Republicans, School Board Chairman and incumbent Dan Seckinger unofficially secured 62.8 percent of the votes, while former Osceola County (Fla.) Schools Superintendent Leon Hobbs had 23.7 percent, and Gwinnett County Schools occupational therapist Ileana McCaigue had 13.4 percent.

“Honestly, it’s better than what I expected because low turnout usually isn’t good for an incumbent,” Seckinger said. “It’s a testament to the school system, it’s not about me, it’s what we’ve been able to do as a district.”

Seckinger, 56, a construction business owner, has served on the Gwinnett School Board since 1995, tied for the second-longest tenure with Dr. Robert McClure, both behind Louise Radloff, who has served on the Board since 1973.

“I’m disappointed that the incumbent is winning,” McCaigue said. “I was hoping for a change and so were others. Mr. Hobbs is qualified. He’s got experience, he’s an intelligent man. Mr. Seckinger’s been there too long.”

Hobbs could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.