Parrish Defeats White in Run-off

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

After months of campaigning and a close call in last month's municipal election, the city of Dothan has finally chosen a school board chairperson..

Harry Wayne Parrish is the new chairman of the board.

He says he has all the tools necessary to guide Dothan City Schools in the right direction.

It's been a long road but the Dothan City School board has a new chairperson.
"My passion is education help this school system I’m just so excited people want me to do this,” says Parrish.

Parrish was victorious in Tuesday’s run-off election.

Parrish garnered 55% of the vote, beating out his opponent, school board member from District 3, Gayla White.
White received 45% of the vote, falling short by 500 votes.

Back in July 14th's municipal election, Parrish barely beat White by a little more than 200 votes.

"I’m just glad that it's over. The city of Dothan decided to go in a different route,” says White.

Dothan City Clerk Pam McCoy traveled to every polling place across the city and says voter turnout was light.

Parrish is former assistant principal and Northview High School football coach.
He says there's one key to success.

“I’m a team builder. I believe in team. I don’t believe in “I” there's no “I” in we,” says Parrish.

White’s term is over as school board member from district three.
Despite her defeat, White says she takes comfort in her number of accomplishments while on the board.

"If I wouldn’t have had a successful 8 years on the board I guess I’d be looking at it a little differently. But I’m proud of the accomplishments this board has done," says White.

Parrish says he's ready to work.
“We can’t be negative and all this fussing all the time we to be positive and make some headway,"

White decided back in April that instead of running for re-election as the district 3 school board member, she would run for chairperson.

Taking over her duties on the school board is Charles Woodall.
He was elected in last month's municipal election.

Parrish takes office as chairman of the school board October first.

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  • by lonny Location: fort myers,fl on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    I'm happy to see my old city get a good man for the job.Harry w. Parrish is my former coach at Northview High and I am one of the 1985 state champ.GO COACH PARRISH!!!!
  • by Bill Location: Dothan on Aug 26, 2009 at 01:50 PM
    My wife and I voted at the Westgate complex a little after 11 A.M. and we were the 210th and 211th voters. What a pitiful turnout. More people should be more interested in the school system for their kids, etc. And we belong to the advanced Senior group, with no offspring in this area...
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