Miller defeats Glass in BOE Place 2 run-off

Published 11:12 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Aubrey Miller defeated incumbent Anne Glass with 56 percent of the votes in a historic victory on Tuesday, July 13.

“A lot of people have said things like ‘This is the first time in history,’ and it is,” said Miller, the first African American to ever serve on Shelby County’s Board of Education. “I’m the first bald-headed guy!”

Miller, who won with 12,221 votes to Glass’ 9,713, said Shelby County schools are facing some of the most dire issues ever faced.

“I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and work with parents, teachers, students, principals, bus drivers, custodians and everyone else to continue the heritage of excellence in this school system,” he said.

Miller’s wife, Beverly Miller, principal at Vincent Elementary School, said she was extremely excited about her husband’s victory.

“I’m glad he’ll have the opportunity to get a closer inside look at the great system I’ve had an opportunity to work with for more than 25 years,” she said.

During a victory toast, John Hampton lightened the mood by noting another historical event taking place because of Miller’s victory.

“For the first time in history, Aubrey’s the boss over Beverly,” Hampton said, amid uproars of laughter.

Miller said his business and fundraising background will help bring important changes to an already strong school system.

“I said from the beginning, whoever wins, it will be God’s will,” Miller said.

Anne Glass said she’d miss interacting with the students and their parents the most.

“I’ve been honored to have represented the people of Shelby County for the past six years,” she said. “I’ve loved being a voice for the people.”

The Millers have a few months to recuperate from the campaigning process, as new board members aren’t sworn in until November.

“Now the real work begins,” Beverly Miller said.