Davis wins school board seat

Newly elected school board member, Darreyl Davis, is congratulated by candidate Herb Rentz, left, Davis’s wife, Tamika, Tonya Green and candidate Lisa Brandenburg.

WINNSBORO – Political newcomer Darreyl Davis bested two opponents in a special election Tuesday night to win the District 7 School Board seat vacated by Beth Reid, who passed away in November.

Davis garnered 186 votes (46.43 percent) over opponent Herb Rentz who received 155 votes (36.21 percent) in his bid to win the seat held by Reid, his late wife. Lisa Brandenburg received 87 votes (20.33 percent.)

Of the 2,165 voters in the district, 430 (19.86 percent) turned out to cast ballots Tuesday.

“I want to thank my supporters for having faith that I’ll be an asset to the school board, to the school district and to the community.” Davis told The Voice he has a passion for helping children.

“I’m going to help improve our education system here in Fairfield. I’m just looking forward to getting started,” Davis said.

While Davis is new to the political arena, the father of six is not a newcomer to the school district. He is currently president of the Fairfield Elementary PTO, is past chair of the FES Improvement Council and is a board member for First Steps. Davis is the founder and president of Believers and Achievers and two years ago received the ‘Service Above Self’ award from the Winnsboro Rotary Club. Davis is employed in the environmental health and safety department at Isola in Ridgeway.