The Lee County Democratic Party voted Tuesday night to appoint Jamey Laudate to fill the unexpired term of Dr. Lynn Smith, who resigned from the Lee County Board of Education last week.

Laudate, who works for the SAS Institute as a research and development manager, ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2020. The term expires in 2024.

The Rant Monthly will include a statement from Laudate about his appointment in the July 2022 edition.