The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Election 2012

April 22, 2012

Election 2012: Elrod, Hilliard vie for BOE post

— Incumbent Anthony Hilliard and his challenger, Cory Elrod, will face off Tuesday in the race for the District 6 seat on the Limestone County school board. 

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

This Republican runoff will essentially decide which man will become the next school board member for District 6, which includes areas from East Limestone to Creekside Elementary School.

The name of the winner in Tuesday’s race will appear on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. However, because there are no Democratic opponents, the winner of the runoff will take office and earn a salary of $550 a month, or a total of $6,600 per year.

Both candidates will attend a political forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday at LuVici’s restaurant in downtown Athens.

Both candidates were invited to a forum this past week at Johnson Elementary School. Each candidate was supplied with 22 questions in advance. About one dozen of those questions were asked during the forum in addition to four wild-card questions from audience members. Hilliard attended the hour-long event. Elrod declined the invitation because he believed Hilliard supporters coordinated it.

Athens State University Associate Professor Wanda Hutchinson chose the questions from the list of 22. Responses were limited to 4 minutes for each question, and the candidate was allowed to refer to any notes he may have taken about the question. The moderator asked no follow up questions, and there was no debate.

To help voters make a choice before Tuesday, The News Courier is publishing the answers Hilliard supplied to some of the key questions asked during the forum. It is also publishing Elrod’s responses to the same questions, which Elrod gave the day after the forum during an interview at The News Courier office.

Anthony Hilliard

Age: 50

Education: Associate degree in horticultural science and bachelor’s degree in vocational education from Athens State University.

Occupation: General maintenance employee for Calhoun Community College.

Political experience: Incumbent Republican seeking second six-year term on school board for District 6.

Family: Wife, Veronica, and two daughters. Lives in eastern Limestone County.

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