Three seats on the Johnston County Board of Education will be up for reelection in 2022. One incumbent says she will not seek another term.
Terri Sessoms of Smithfield, who was elected in 2018, says she campaigned on serving only one term and has no plans to seek a second term in office.
“I said throughout my campaign and since I began my term that I believe in term limits and would only serve one term. By not seeking reelection, I can make decisions without being swayed by those who would manipulate me through political threats or promises of reelection support.”
“It has been an honor to serve the great people of Johnston County and I will continue to work hard for our citizens until the end of my term. This was my season to serve as an elected official and I look forward to supporting our school system in the future in whatever way I can as a volunteer,” Mrs. Sessoms said.
Seats currently held by Chairman Todd Sutton of Kenly and recently appointed board member Al Byrd of Clayton are also up for election next year.
When asked about his plans for 2022 Mr. Byrd replied, “Right now, I am focused on working with my fellow board members in working through the various opportunities that we have before us. These are exciting times for Johnston County Public Schools!”
Chairman Sutton says he has not decided if he will seek reelection. He was appointed to the board in 2017 and won election in 2018.