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Wade vacates Dawson County BOE seat for District 9 candidacy
Will Wade
Will Wade.

Local school officials say that Dawson County Board of Education member William Wade has resigned from his post on the education board, following his qualification last week as a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives District 9 seat.

On Thursday, Dawson County School Superintendant Damon Gibbs said that the district has been preparing for Wade's eventual step down from the board, ever since he announced his candidacy in early February.  

"Mr. Wade is a 15-year board member, he'll be missed," Gibbs said. "But we're not going to miss a beat as we move forward serving our kids." 

With the vacancy the district has already begun the search for Wade's replacement, he said, and that replacement will be appointed by the board until a special election can be held later this year. 

There's no exact timeline on when that appointment will happen, he said, but the board is already taking and vetting applications from members of the community. 

"It's not going to affect the level of service that we provide our students, it's not going to affect the way our board operates, there's a vacancy and it will be appointed," he said. "I don't think you'll see it vacant for an extended period of time." 

Anyone interested in being considered for the board appointment can submit their personal information and qualifications to Gibbs by emailing dgibbs@dawson.k12.ga.us.

There are no specific qualifications for the position, beyond a residency requirement, Gibbs said. Wade's vacant seat is also the "at-large" post, so candidates are not bound by a specific geographic area within the county. 

Following Wade's resignation, board member Elaine Wilson was unanimously voted in as the board's chair at a recent work session, while Doris Cook was voted in as the board's vice-chair.  

Wade, five other Republican candidates and one Democrat candidate will appear on local ballots during the May 19 primary election. 

According to Dawson County election officials, a special election to select Wade's replacement on the board of education will likely be held in the Fall of 2020 or Spring of 2021.