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Anderson eager to start work on Effingham County Board of Education
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Lynn Anderson - photo by Submitted

RINCON — Lynn Anderson admits that she has a lot to learn. Fortunately, she is an eager student.

A political newcomer, Anderson won a July 24 runoff for the Effingham County Board of Education District 1 seat by nipping incumbent Robert Grant 439-418. Her four-year term in the non-partisan post will begin early next year,

“I do feel like I have a whole lot to learn but I feel like I have a whole lot to offer,” Anderson said. “I’m looking forward to learning all about it.”

Anderson said she intends to start brushing up on school board policies and procedures well ahead of taking her seat at the school board table. She wants to be able to hit the ground running in January.

“I thought I would give this time to settle down and then see what my options are. I wondered if I could start going to some of (the board’s) meetings,” she said.

Anderson said Grant graciously offered to assist her.

“He even texted me (election) night and said he would be willing to help me in any way so that I could be successful,” Anderson said. “I thought that was an upstanding thing to do.”

Anderson said her race against Grant, a board member since 2015, was dignified despite the close results. He finished first in the May 22 primary, garnering 442 votes to Anderson’s 420.

“It was about how we can make things better for our kids, and that’s what he and I both want — things that can better our system,” Anderson said. “He ran a clean race. There wasn’t a bunch of ‘he said, she said’ stuff going on.

“I never heard anything bad.”

Nancy Floyd finished third in the primary with 158 votes and immediately tossed her support to Anderson, a 49-year-old mother of three and office manager for a vascular surgeon in Savannah.

Anderson said she was “humbled” by her victory and the opportunity to serve District 1 residents

“I’m really overwhelmed by all the support,” she said. “People told me, ‘We know you don’t know a lot about politics but we believe in you and what you’ve stood for in all the years we’ve known you. The support was obvious because they came out — twice.”