New generation takes its turn
A daughter won a contested race to claim her mother’s former city council seat Saturday, while a third-generation family member claimed a place on the school board, following in the footsteps of both his grandfathers.
Winners in Rockdale contests were Melody Dawson and incumbent Doug Calame in city council races, with Kent Bowermon taking the only contested race for the school board.
Lin Perry was elected to the school board without opposition.
COUNCIL—Dawson outpolled Steve Pruett 85 to 42 (67 to 33 percent) to win the east ward council seat being vacated by Gerri Offield.
Dawson’s mother, Dr. Fannie Lovelady-Spain, held that council seat from 2002 to 2005.
Dr. Spain unseated incumbent Offield to win the position in 2002. Three years later Offield won the seat back after Dr. Spain moved out of state.
( It’s the first- ever motherdaughter histor y for the city council. There has already been a father-son situation. Clyde Jones served on the council from 1969 to 1975 and Wallace Jones from 1980 to 1997, then as mayor from 1997 to 2004.)
Calame drew 151 votes to 118 for challenger Gar y Darby, a spread of 56 to 44 percent, to retain his west ward seat.
Calame won the seat in a special election in January, 2010.
SCHOOL BOARD—Bowermon, former Rockdale Junior- High School principal, won the Place 7 school board election with 336 votes (73 percent) to 123 (27 percent) for Henry Miller.
Perry polled 348 votes to win Place 6 without opposition.
Both his grandfathers, M. C. ( Moe) Perr y and Linwood Mehaffey served on the school board in the 1950s.
All results are unofficial, pending canvasses by governing bodies.