MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - If you voted in Madison County today you probably ran into campaign volunteers for two of the Superintendent candidates.
Matt Massey and Ronnie Blair's teams were out in full force today hoping to sway indecisive voters.
However, the current superintendent, David Copeland was conspicuously absent from the election day push. In his absence, Massey and Blair made every effort to make sure voters knew their names.
Both men spent the day courting voters as they showed up to the polls. Each candidate hopes to sit behind the desk at the central office, and both feel good about their chances.
"We're definitely looking forward to the results this evening," said Blair.
"It's been a very big learning experience, but it's also been very fun," said Massey.
We asked both men what they thought of Dr. Copeland's absence. Both indicated they saw it as par for the course.
"In Madison County we need to have a culture change," said Massey.
"I hope if we get into the central office we can start making decisions and doing what's right for our kids," said Blair.
Both men and their armies of campaign volunteers are hoping their hours in the hot election day sun pay off.
"Who knows what's going to happen after 8 p.m. tonight? My life could change drastically or we could just keep plugging along," said Massey.
"I love working with our kids in the Toney/Harvest area but I would love to work with all 20,000 of them in the system," said Blair. "If that's what the voters and the good Lord wants, that's where I want to be."
Blair will host a results party with his family at a restaurant this evening around 7 p.m.
Massey says he's going to await the results with just his family from the comfort of his home.
WHNT News 19 reached out to David Copeland several times today and yesterday, but never heard back.
Polls close at 7 p.m. We'll have state and local election results throughout the evening on WHNT News 19 and WHNT.com.