Filing for the District 50 board of trustees special election ended noon on Monday. The election, set for Feb. 25, is to fill an opening for Seat 8 following the death of board member Curtis Hensley on Dec. 4.
The only candidate who has filed for the seat is Brad Thompson.
According to Connie Moody, the director of voter registration and elections for Greenwood County, there is now a two-week window for write-in candidates to declare their intention to run. Such action would force an election on the aforementioned date. If no one does file as a write-in, the election will not be conducted and Thompson will take the position.
Thompson is a D50 graduate himself. After high school, Thompson attended West Point in upstate New York, graduating in 2000 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He proceeded to serve active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. After coming home, Thompson went on to get a master's of business administration from Georgia Tech and a master of forest resources from the University of Georgia.
He now works for the family business, Thompson Forest Consultants Inc., a company that advises landowners on sale and property management.
Thompson said his children were a major factor in his decision to seek the school board post.
"I have two children who are quickly approaching school-age and I wanted to become more involved in their education, " he said.
Thompson said he hopes to help create a bright economic future for his children, and the children of the district in general.
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