Smith defeats Lintner for Aiken County School Board District 6 seat
Dwight Smith will be the new representative for Aiken County School Board District 6.
Smith defeated challenger Dr. Tim Lintner by a vote of 2,513 to 1,664 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. The numbers did not include write-in votes.
“I want to say thank you to the voters that this old, emotional man who likes to be everybody’s friend was able to come through, and the reason I was able to come through was the people out there had trust to me,” Smith said. “That is very moving and very fulfilling for me and makes me feel even more pressure to do a good job. I also want to thank my family, especially my wife, Susan.”
District 6 covers part of Langley, Gloverville, Warrenville and Graniteville and part of Aiken.
Outgoing Board member Cecil Atchley, who was elected in 2014, did not run for re-election.
A former educator, Smith retired from Aiken County Public Schools with more than 38 years of service. During that time Smith was a school bus driver, teacher, coach and athletic director, assistant principal. He was the principal 10 years at Gloverville Elementary School, starting in 1993.
Smith also is a former member of the Aiken County Board of Education, serving from 2010 to 2014.
A product of Aiken County Public Schools, Smith is a graduate of Graniteville High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business, education and recreation from Newberry College and his Master’s of Education degree in school administration and supervision from the University of South Carolina.
Smith is married to the former Susan Kirkland of North Augusta. His daughter, Erin, and his son, Eric, both graduated from Aiken County Public Schools. He has two grandsons, two of whom attend Aiken County Public Schools, and one granddaughter.