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Putnam County School Board

PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD (Three seats on the Putnam County School Board are up for election this year. Districts 1 and 5 were decided in the August primary. As no candidate the three-way primary in District 4 received 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will appear on the general election ballot.

District 4 includes northwestern Putnam County, stretching south toward State Road 20 and east toward Hoover Road, as well as the city of Interlachen) 

District 4 Putnam County School Board ​​​​​​

Bud McInnis , Interlachen

Linda Lou Osborne , Melrose


Bud McInnis

Age: 62

Candidate's family: My family includes my wife Alice, my son Jesse, his wife Crystal, their three children Cameron, Cason, and Sophia, and my son Evan.

Occupation: Retired

Education: Bachelor of Arts Middle Grade Math

Political experience: None

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less.

Great schools make more vibrant communities.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

1. District performance ranking
2. Graduation rate
3. School safety

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

I retired after a fruitful 30 year career from the US Postal Service as a letter carrier and later as a supervisor. After retirement I pursued my bachelor degree in education and graduated summa cum laude. I taught sixth grade math. Later I served as a mentor and case manager for two years through Communities In Schools AmeriCorps Vista program. I also served as the Putnam County School District's Graduation Coach in 2016-2017. I have been intimately familiar with the Putnam County School District over my lifetime. I am a product of the system, my children are successful products of the system who graduated and went on to college and my wife of 28 years is a retired educator from the Putnam County School District. Over the 30 years that I worked for the USPS I also volunteered at my son's schools and did everything from working one on one with struggling readers PTO officer, and President of the Interlachen Football Boosters Club. I'm a great listener, a team player, and I truly care for all Putnam County students and for my community. My varied perspectives lend themselves to my being an outstanding board member.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?  

I want to be known as the board member who inspired and activated our community to value education and see it as one of the most important ways to be a more vibrant Putnam County.

Website: None found
Social media: Facebook 


Linda Lou Osborne

Age: 72

Candidate's family: 

Occupation: Retired

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education

Political experience: None

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less.

Reduce high administration costs and increase parental involvement.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

Fiscal Responsibility
Building a strong community partnership
Equal pay and fair treatment for all employees

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

My experience of 44 years in education as a 
teacher, program coordinator at the district level and program specialist at the state level
gives me an insight that none of the other candidates can offer. 

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

After serving I would like to be remember for use of common sense and that I truly advocated for the best educational opportunities for all students.

Website: None found

Social media: Facebook


Diane Williams

Age: 

Candidate's family: 

Occupation: Paraprofessional

Education: Some College

Political experience: Member of the Putnam County REC for the last 15 years. Treasurer for the past 6 years. Life long Republican

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less.

New leadership,new direction,new vision,a time for change.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

1. Stability and professionalism on the school board.2. Focus on our k-3rd grade for future graduation rates,not wait until they are in middle or high school. 3.Putnam County needs a new Vision and direction. I believe that I can help move us frward.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

Hoping to bring a sense of respect,courtesy,and consideration to my fellow board members. Not have Putnam County School Board be the laughing stock of Putnam County.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

That I helped to bring about some important changes on issues and policies for our school district.And most of all for being kind ,polite,civility,and respectful.

Website: None found
Social media: Facebook