Colbert County School Board Candidates Prepare for Runoff Race

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The signs are all over Colbert County. Candidates, Ricky Saint and Brad Counce, wasted no time preparing for next week’s race once they found out their names would be placed on the ballots.

We met with Brad Counce in his home. He believes the second race may be the charm.

“I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned what to do and what not to do. So from the primary, I’ve changed this up a little bit. I’m just out meeting folks. It’s just all you can do,” said Counce.

Next, we met with Ricky Saint. The veteran educator says campaigning the second time around is easier than the first.

"After you have some experience shaking people’s hands and introducing yourself to them. It’s much easier the second time around,” said Saint.

Both men said they've spent countless hours campaigning. Both candidates are running for a spot to represent the 5th district school board Democratic primary in Colbert County.

During the primaries, both tied for the spot. After an investigation, the county probate judge discovered poll workers gave voters incorrect ballots.

In a unanimous decision, the Democratic committee decided to draft a formal request to the state asking to put both democratic candidates on the ballots for the runoff race.

The candidates each have one piece of advice for voters.

"I’ve been surprised that a lot of the people that voted for me the first time actually voted Republican. But I’ll tell them you can still vote Democrat the second time around," said Counce.

"Show your ID. Tell them what ballot you want. Then they will verify that you can have that ballot,” said Saint.