South Bryan resident Marianne Smith says she’s a firm believer in public education. And that’s part of why she is running for the vacant District 4 seat on the Bryan County Board of Education.
Smith, 40, originally from Savannah, said she moved to Richmond Hill eight years ago ultimately because of the school system. Though she has no political experience, she said serving on the board is the “next step” after having served on the Richmond Hill Primary School Council for three years.
“I want to be an advocate for the children, I want to put the kids first,” she said. “My biggest motivation (to serve) is that the school board can truly make a positive impact on the community.”
The seat, sought by Smith and current board Vice Chairman Jeff Morton, was left vacant after board member Joe Pecenka stepped down from the District 4 seat to run for the vice chairman seat. Morton’s current term as vice chairman expires at the end of the year, and due to new district lines, Pecenka no longer resides in the fourth district.
Voters will decide in a special election to be held along with the Nov. 6 general election whether Morton or Smith, both Republicans, will fill Pecenka’s unexpired term.
Read more in the Sept. 15 edition of the News.