The latest Inweekly/Political Matrix poll shows the Escambia County school board candidates have begun to separate themselves, but more than a third of the likely voters still don’t know them.
District 1 Incumbent Kevin Adams has slightly increased his lead over Marjorie White since the poll conducted in early June, 34.4%-20.5 %, with 45% either not knowing the candidates or undecided.
In the District 2, Kells Hetherington has jumped into the lead with 25% of the respondents. Ray Guillory and Paul Festko, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas’ former Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, are battling it out to make a runoff in the non-partisan race, 16.6%-15.6%. Nearly 43% of the voters either did not know the candidates or were undecided.
The District 3 has changed since early June with Clinton Powell withdrawing and former School Board member Linda Moultrie failing to qualify. If the primary were held today, Larry Williams (26.6%) and Laura Elder (17.6%) would face each other in a runoff. Walker Wilson is within striking distance with 10.4%. Lee Hansen, who was appointed to the post by Gov. Rick Scott last December, trails the field with 7.6%. Over third of the votes either did not know the candidates or were undecided.
|District 1||July 21-22||June 6-7||Difference|
|I do not know these candidates||42.2%||47.2%||12.0%|
|District 2||July 21-22||June 6-7||Difference|
|I do not know these candidates||39.2%||74.8%||-35.6%|
|District 3||July 21-22||June 6-7||Difference|
|Larry Williams Sr.||26.6%||3.6%||23.0%|
|I do not know any of these candidates.||33.3%||34.5%||-1.2%|
The persons sampled were likely voters of the primary and general election cycles and were called using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system during the hours of 2-8 p.m. July 21-22. The phone numbers called were provided by Escambia Supervisor of Elections Office. The Margin of Error for this study is +/- 4.5% with a confidence level of 95%.