Deville native to win school board seat after opponent drops out

DEVILLE, La. (KALB) - There will soon be a new face joining the Rapides Parish School Board in January.

All challenged incumbents retained their seats Tuesday night, but District C will see Deville native Mark Dryden join the board.

Dryden was set to be in a runoff with candidate Jamie Floyd, but Floyd told News Channel Five that he called the secretary of state on Thursday and dropped out.

Out of the four District C candidates, Dryden was at the top with 45 percent of the votes and Floyd came in second with 21 percent.

Floyd wished Dryden luck and said the two plan on working together to build up District C schools in the future.

"Mark Dryden got 45 percent the first round with four people running," Floyd said. "So, he is way out in the front end and I think he has a mandate, so I am not going to tie up another round of running. I appreciate everybody that did vote for me and everything. But, I have called the secretary of state and have conceded the race. I'd like to wish Mark the best."

Upon hearing the news, Dryden said he couldn't wait to get started in his new role in January.

"I'd like to thank Mr. Floyd, I'd like to thank all the candidates for a clean, good race," Dryden said. "I'm ready to have the opportunity to take this district and step forward and start moving forward. Find what is in the best interest for our kids and our teachers and to do those things. I am humbled and thankful for this opportunity."

We also reached out to incumbent Gerald Crooks who declined to comment.

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