• 72°

Challenger ousts longtime member from Kannapolis school board

By Joanie Morris
Salisbury Post
KANNAPOLIS ó In an election day shocker, Kannapolis school board Chairman Lee Efird lost his seat on the board.
His challenger, Todd Adams, won by 337 votes on Tuesday night to cinch the seat from Area II on the Kannapolis Board of Education.
Efird received 1,991 votes from the two precincts in Rowan County and 11 precincts in Cabarrus. Adams received 2,328 votes.
Reached on Tuesday evening, Efird said he’s been very blessed to have been able to serve on the board for 16 years.
Sixteen years ago, he said he asked the Lord for guidance and direction in his life.
“The Lord opened the door,” Efird said, referring to the school board. “I did the same thing this time, and the door was closed. …
“One door’s been closed and maybe another opens somewhere.”
He has no desire to serve in any other capacity in politics, he said, adding that he doesn’t consider the school board a political position but, instead an act of service.
Efird said he feels very good about the system’s position right now and is sure he’s leaving his seat in capable hands.
“I’m sure Todd will certainly be an asset to the board,” Efird added. “I feel very blessed. It has been some great folks.”
The current school board has been the same for the past eight years, ever since Doris Buchanan and Charles Mitchell ran in 2000. Efird has served as chairman for the past 13 years. The chairman is elected by the board’s five members every June. Efird’s last day as chairman will be the last day in May.
When reached at his home on Tuesday night, Adams’ first comment wasn’t on his victory, but rather a comment for Efird.
“I want to thank Lee for 16 years,” Adams said. “He has served the community and served them well ó as well as his family.”
Adams admitted he’s shocked by the results of the election. He ran on a platform that no current member of the board has a child in the Kannapolis City Schools system.
“People were surprised to learn that no one on the board had a child in the system,” Adams said. “I think a lot of people were moved by that.”
Adams said his first order of business will be to familiarize himself with all the facilities, as well as meet and greet administration and faculty in the system.
“I’ll put my ear to the ground and start learning what we need to do,” Adams said.
He thanked everyone who helped him with his campaign.
Contact Joanie Morris at 704-932-3336 or jmorris@salisburypost.com.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Top North Carolina House finance chair, Rowan representative stripped of position

Crime

One charged, another hospitalized in fight between cousins

Local

Bell Tower Green renamed to honor Stanbacks; Nancy Stanback receives key to city

Business

Commissioners green light additional houses at Cherry Treesort in China Grove

Education

A.L. Brown will hold in-person, outdoor graduation

Local

Granite Quarry awards FEMA contract for Granite Lake Park

Local

City to vote on apartment developments, final phases of Grants Creek Greenway project

High School

High school football: North receiver McArthur a rising star

Columnists

Carl Blankenship: Pollen and prejudice make their return

News

Harris pitches $2.3T spending plan on trip to North Carolina

Nation/World

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Man takes deputies on chase with stolen moped

Coronavirus

Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday

Crime

Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?

Local

City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event

Local

Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race

Crime

Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children

Coronavirus

Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot

Nation/World

Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting

News

Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?

Local

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey