MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison County Superintendent's race candidates Matt Massey and Ronnie Blair are heading into a runoff.
Massey took a commanding lead as the votes rolled in Tuesday evening, but he didn't quite snag the 50% plus one vote needed to win the seat at the central office.
Ronnie Blair and incumbent superintendent David Copeland split the vote, with Blair edging ahead 28% to Copeland's 22%.
Massey says he's going to continue to push his message heading into the runoff.
"This process has been great for Madison County schools to talk about some things that needed to be on the table," said Massey.
Blair was not the leader of the race, but is encouraged as he prepares for the runoff.
"Naturally, when you enter into a race or any race like this, you want to win. But, if you can't win, you surely want to be in a runoff and that's what the numbers look like for us right now," said Blair.
The runoff is July 15.
Dr. David Copeland issued a statement Wednesday regarding the outcome of the election.
"I would like to thank everyone who supported me during my campaign," Copeland said. "Our system is truly a great one and as Superintendent of Madison County Schools, I will continue to work diligently for the students, staff and parents of our system as we strive for excellence in education."