On Tuesday, May 14 residents of the Milford School District went to the polls and voted for the contested seat for the Milford School Board. Candidates seeking the At-Large seat for the Milford School District Board of Education included Hunter Emory, Kevin W. Marshall Jr., Natalie R. Shockley, Alan R. Southard, Robert B. Vincelette Jr. and Michael Wells.
At the end of the day Hunter Emory came out the victor. Emory won the election by a margin of 37.7 % of the total vote (201 out of a total of 532 votes). The total vote count was as follows: Hunter Emory: 201, Kevin W. Marshall: 91, Natalie R. Shockley: 142, Alan R. Southard: 34, Robert B. Vincelette: 8, and Michael Wells: 56.
“I was very excited and in a bit of shock when I heard the official news that I had won the election,” commented Emory. “I was confident and wanted to have the opportunity to serve but I realized there were several good candidates.”
Mr. Emory attended Milford schools and graduated from Milford High School in 2004. He played football and was a member of multiple athletic programs, school and community programs. Following graduation from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Hunter obtained dual Masters Degrees in Homeland Security and Public Administration and spent two years teaching in the Milford School District as a long term substitute. Mr. Emory now owns The Emory Agency, a State Farm agency in Georgetown. He is engaged and will marry Jamie Hudson in September. Mr. Emory continues to live in Milford, as do his parents, Pat and Judy Emory and his sister Janna.
“I feel that living in the Milford community for so long helps me to understand that this community values communication between themselves and their school board,” stated Emory. “I want people to feel comfortable to talk with the school board and also feel that the board should be going out to the community to talk with them.”
Emory believes that a few of the challenges which the Milford School Board must address during his term include the future of the Milford Middle School building and surrounding land, school building security and student and staff safety, student achievement as new core curriculum standards are rolled out, budget constraints in the face of changes in federal and state funding and staff development and encouragement.
Emory will serve a 5-year terms on the Milford School Board and be sworn in on Monday, July 8 in the Board Room at the Milford Middle School at 7pm. Hunter believes that his age, 27, will benefit the Milford School District as he begins his term.
“It brings a different perspective to the board,” commented Emory. “Many people that I grew up with are now starting families and beginning to be a part of the Milford School District. I want to reach out to these new families and let them know that we support their needs.”