VALDOSTA -- With 60.51 percent or 616 votes, William "Bill" Love, 46, was successful in earning his first full term on the Valdosta Board of Education. He will represent the residents of District 6.
Love defeated Charles A. Wetherington Jr., who received 39.49 percent or 402 votes.
Love said he plans to spend his six years on the board, a term that begins in January, putting education and academics first. He said there are many programs and facility plans in the works that are sure to excite the boys and girls of the Valdosta City School System and their families.
In November 2004, Love was elected to serve the remainder of John Klimko Jr.'s unexpired term, which ends Dec. 31. He ran on the notion that " ... one new idea can change the world."
Love makes it a priority to visit the different schools in the Valdosta City School System each week, walking the hallways and listening to the concerns of administrators, teachers and students.
Love and his wife Sala have three children who attend the Valdosta City School System.
Taylor Prain, 15, attends Valdosta High School. Chad Prain, 13, and Sala Elizabeth Prain, 11, attend Valdosta Middle School. He owns Love Lighting Inc.
Absentee and provisional ballots remain outstanding. Tuesday's election remains unofficial until certified by the Lowndes County Board of Elections Friday.
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