Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 14, 2013

Newly elected school board members take office quickly

Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Several incumbents vying for school board seats won Saturday's election in their respective cities, according to district officials.

New board members in Rusk and Troup will be sworn in during various school board meetings Monday night.

Incumbents Dana Young and Roy Cavazos, along with Jeff Johnson, will begin serving three-year terms after being sworn into office during a 6 p.m. Rusk ISD board meeting.

A total of seven people ran for the three at-large positions: Young drew 368 votes, followed by Cavazoz with 282 and

Johnson, who had 277 votes. Incumbent Tracy Session garnered 234 votes; Kimberly C. Clark, 150; Kimberly Beathard, 86; and Paul Emerson, 82.

Troup's Place 6 school board candidate Tre Cheney – who ran unopposed, received 55 votes – while Place 7 challenger Robbie Switzer received 60 votes to contestant Kevin Scot Ivy's 22 votes.

The two men will be sworn in for three-year terms at Monday's 7 p.m. board meeting.

In Alto, incumbents Jay Jones and Lee Pearman each ran unopposed for three-year terms on the local school board and will be sworn in – along with Jeff Duplichain – during a May 20 board meeting.

Duplichain received 130 votes to incumbent Crispin Skinner's 107. Duplichain will serve a two-year term with the board.

Incumbent candidates Larry Bailey, Danny Colbert and David Ruby will be sworn in Thursday night to three-year, at-large terms on the Wells school board.

A total of five candidates vied for the three positions; Bailey received 40 votes; Colbert, 32; Ruby, 31; Gordon Cole,  20; and Phillip Jones, 7.

Lori Lawson and Glenna Weaver – winners of the New Summerfield school board race – will be sworn in as at-large members during the board's scheduled June meeting.

Lawson received 59 votes and incumbent Glenna Weaver received 57, while challenger Gregory Carpenter garnered three votes.

The women will be sworn in during a June board meeting, each for a three-year term.

No elections were called for neither the Jacksonville nor Bullard school districts, as races were uncontested.

Place 1 incumbent Jeff Horton and Place 2 member Blaine Verhelle were the only ones to file for two vacant positions in the Jacksonville race, while incumbent Bullard school board trustees Tiffany Kirgan and Michael Roy were unopposed in their local race.