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Bryan Upshaw

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Bryan Upshaw
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Board member, Houston School Board, At-large Post 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionJuly 22, 2014
First electedJuly 22, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionGeneral contractor and roofer
Bryan Upshaw is the member-elect for the At-large Post 7 seat on the Houston County Schools school board in Georgia. The general election was held on May 20, 2014. He defeated face Tannya T. Duncan in a runoff election on July 22, 2014.


Upshaw has worked as a general contractor and roofer for 10 years. He has two children who attend school in the district.[1]



See also: Houston County Schools elections (2014)


Bryan Upshaw faced Tannya T. Duncan, Andy Rodriguez, Robbin Jackson and Doug Wechsler for the At-large Post 7 seat in the general election on May 20, 2014. He faced Duncan in a runoff election on July 22, 2014.


Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 7 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Upshaw 65.5% 5,524
     Nonpartisan Tannya T. Duncan 34.5% 2,912
Total Votes 8,436
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff," accessed July 22, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Houston County Schools, At-Large Post 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBryan Upshaw 32.9% 3,425
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTannya T. Duncan 28.7% 2,985
     Nonpartisan Andy Rodriguez 16.7% 1,740
     Nonpartisan Doug Wechsler 12.1% 1,261
     Nonpartisan Robbin Jackson 9.5% 985
Total Votes 10,396
Source: Georgia Secretary of State, "General Primary/General Nonpartisan/Special Election," accessed July 23, 2014


Upshaw did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.[2]


Upshaw did not receive any endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Five seats on the Houston County school board were at stake in the May 2014 elections. Incumbents Marianne Melnick and Fred Wilson were unopposed for re-election to four-year terms in their respective districts. Incumbent Rick Unruh was also unopposed in a special election for a two-year term. Newcomers Sheila L. Ashley and Hoke Morrow faced former board member Griff Clements for a four-year term in the at-large seat. Tannya T. Duncan, Robbin Jackson, Andy Rodriguez, Bryan Upshaw and Doug Wechsler were candidates for a two-year term in the at-large seat.

Issues in the district

New superintendent

In April 2014, the school board voted unanimously to approve Dr. Mark Scott as the next superintendent of Houston County Schools. Scott served as the district's Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and as the principal of Northside High School. Scott took over the post on June 1, 2014 when Superintendent Robin Hines retired.[3]

About the district

See also: Houston County Schools, Georgia
Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia
Houston County Schools is located in Houston County, Georgia. Houston County is home to 146,067 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Houston County Schools is the 14th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 27,435 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


Houston County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.8% of Houston County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 27.8% for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Houston County was $56,265 compared to $56,265 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Houston County was 14.6% compared to 17.4% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Houston County (%) Georgia (%)
White 64.7 62.8
Black or African American 29.4 31.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.7 3.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 9.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6][7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%) Other Vote (%)
2012 39.0 59.6 1.4
2008 39.4 59.6 1.0
2004 41.4 58.0 0.6
2000 43.2 55.0 1.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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