Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Grady Harmon, a member of the Lexington School District One Board of Trustees, resigned Monday afternoon. He had been serving since being elected several years ago and had served another term some years ago as well.
Harmon said in a short text that he and his wife’s health had been bad and that was the main reason that he decided that he couldn’t finish out his term. He also said that he disagreed with the direction that the district’s main office wanted to go. He offered no further details.
Harmon was always popular with the “little man,” the people of the rural areas of district one. Although the district’s trustees serve as at large members, Harmon has been closely associated with issues that affect the district’s smaller communities like Pelion and Gilbert. Many in those areas have seen him as their champion on issues from old schools and failing infrastructure to an equitable distribution of funds for all schools.
According to Dean Crepes, executive director of the Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections office, he will need to look at the titles that formed the board to see when an election would be held to fill Harmon’s seat. “The state statute that they used will need to be researched and that may take some time. That might need to be done by the district itself.” Crepes did say that most likely, a special election will need to be held to fill the seat.