Ex-Cornersville officials file to replace Owens

Friday, January 21, 2011

Two former Cornersville officials want to fill the open seat on Marshall County's Board of Education.

They are former mayor Gaye Wilson, a former employee at the schools' central office, and former Police Chief Jerry Campbell, who's also served on the school board.

Marshall County commissioners are scheduled to vote on Feb. 28 to fill the seat vacated by Dee Dee Owens who was elected in 2008.

In her letter to County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett, Wilson asked for his vote and said she's worked for the school system for 41 years and has been on the county's Economic and Community Development Board, the Duck River Development Agency Board and the Senior Citizens Board.

"I feel that I have the knowledge to represent the district in a positive manner, having first-hand knowledge of how the school system works," Wilson wrote in a letter received a week ago.

"All children in Marshall County deserve a quality education within the means of the taxpayers," Wilson said. She pledged to serve "all the people of Marshall County" as well as those in the 4th District.

Wilson has been a resident of Cornersville since 1948.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Campbell said he planned to file his letter with Liggett on Thursday.

Campbell was on the school board for eight years and from September 2001 to June of 2008, he was chairman of the panel, he said.

His second term ended on Aug. 31, 2008. Campbell is a truck driver and his routes interfered with his regular attendance at board meetings. His route has since changed.

Asked why he's interested in returning to the board now, Campbell replied, "It seems like there's been a lot of chaos there. I don't know if I can make a difference." However, he wants to try.

"There are a lot of good people there," Campbell said. "They need to buckle down and do some good for the county."

At least one other former official from the Cornersville area has been named in conversations on who might ask to be elected by the county commission.

Applications do not have to be submitted in writing. An individual may attend the February meeting of the commission and ask that they be considered as an applicant for nomination and election.

As for who will replace her on the board, Owens said she hadn't thought about it, but added, "I hope it's someone with children in the system who will think about the children and not the other stuff."

During Monday night's school board meeting, board member Donnie Moses was appointed by Chairman Mike Keny to replace Owens as budget committee chairman.