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Last-minute entrant earns K.G. School Board seat

Last-minute write-in candidate Terence “T.C.” Collins unseated incumbent Rick Randall for the James Monroe District spot on the King George County School Board.

Neither candidate’s name was on the ballot, but Randall was running as an uncontested, write-in candidate until Collins threw his hat in the ring about a week before Election Day.

Of the 581 write-in votes for the seat, Collins had 239, overtaking Randall by just over 100 votes, King George County Registrar Lorrie Gump said on Thursday night.

Collins, a state police special agent assigned to criminal investigations based in Richmond, had originally intended to wait until the next election to run for the School Board seat, but when he learned that there were no names on the ballot, he decided to run this year, even with only a week to campaign.

Randall says that because of a “severe accident,” he had a late start collecting signatures and missed the filing deadline.

Collins and his wife Jennifer, an assistant principal at King George High School, have lived in King George for several years and put their children through King George schools.

Collins says he wants to help ensure that King George schools continue to help students succeed the same way they helped his kids succeed.

“Every student deserves an outstanding education,” Collins said.

During his term, Collins plans to focus on making a fair budget, ensuring that the schools meet SOL standards and state mandates to receive funding, and making sure schools are safe.

Bridget Balch: 540/374-5417