Silas defeats incumbent Hightower for School Board District 3 seat
Brian Silas defeated incumbent John Wesley Hightower for School Board District 3 in Tuesday’s election.
The vote at approximately 10:40 p.m. Tuesday was Silas, 2,767 and Hightower, 1,966. The numbers did not include write-in votes.
“I’m excited to represent the people of District 3, Area 3 and all of Aiken County,” Silas said. “I’m excited for the students, parents, teachers – everyone who supported me and expected some change – and that’s exactly what I intend to do is work cooperatively with the board. I look forward to that and bringing about some positive change.”
District 3 covers part of Beech Island, Clearwater, Bath and Langley.
Silas has said his focus as a board member will be discipline, transparency, teacher retention, effective use of tax dollars and funding for priorities in Area 3 schools.
Silas is the Global Operations manager for FLSmidth in Evans, Georgia.
A lifelong resident of the school district’s Area 3, Silas is a product of Aiken County Public Schools, having attended Clearwater Elementary and Jefferson Junior High. He is a graduate of Midland Valley High School and was part of the first class to complete all four years at the high school.
Silas began his college career at USC Aiken and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of South Carolina.
Silas has been married to his high school sweetheart, Diana Morris, for 27 years. The couple has two sons.