Raines, Gilbert seek BOE position
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 02, 2012 | 2450 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There will be only one contested race for a seat on the Walker County Board of Education in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Democrat Jamie Rigsby is the only candidate running for the District 1 seat, which covers the Farmstead and Curry communities.

There are, however, two candidates in the race for the District 3 seat, which covers the Parrish, Oakman, Cordova and Valley communities. District 3 incumbent Mike Raines, a Republican, will face Democratic opponent Bill Edd Gilbert, who served as a board member from 2000 to 2006.

Raines, a welder with Alagasco, said he is proud of the accomplishments made by the Board of Education in the last two years, which are the direct result of a great relationship between the board and Superintendent Jason Adkins.

Raines said that in particular, he points to the financial progress made by the school district as a major accomplishment. He said the Walker County School System went from a deficit of $4.7 million in 2011 to a surplus of $6 million.

Raines said the board made such progress by cutting waste — particularly at the central office.

“I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far by working as a team with the rest of the board,” he said. “My work is not complete. I am not finished yet. Let’s not go backwards to an old way of thinking.”

Gilbert is a Cordova native and a former owner of the Rebel Queen, which was destroyed by the tornado of April 27, 2011.

Gilbert said he hopes to work with the board to make schools safer for students and to strengthen programs like the Walker County Center of Technology, agri-science programs and activities like Cordova’s fishing team or Dora High School’s rodeo team.

“Programs like that keep students academically involved,” he said.

Gilbert also said that though he is a longtime resident of District 3, he plans to serve all of Walker County if elected.