In school board elections, newcomer Sunny Gail Lee defeated incumbent Mike Tincher by a 273 to 221 margin.
“Needless to say, I am excited about the outcome of the election and humbled at the same time,” Lee, a Graford ISD science teacher, said Monday.
She credited the hard work of volunteers throughout her campaign with making her victory possible.
“Also, I would like to thank the Mineral Wells Index for the fair coverage of the election,” she added.
Lee said she plans to "elicit an educator's point of view throughout the duration of my term” and “give fellow board members a teacher’s glimpse of how our decisions impact classrooms.”
She thanked those who voted for her and promised to “keep in mind the best interest of the community’s future – the children.”
Tincher, who served six years on the board, commended Lee on a good campaign.
“She ran a good race and came out ahead,” he said. “The only thing I regret is only 400 and some people voted.”
He said Lee will be in “good hands” as she assumes her new role, saying she has a “good board to work with and a great superintendent.”
Scott Aaron was the lone incumbent to win his race as he retains the Place 4 seat by a nearly two-to-one margin over challenger Paul Harrison.
Harrison congratulated Aaron on his victory, saying that “we’ll just try again, harder, next year.”
He recognized the importance of concerned citizens in school board elections.
“I want to thank the voters that saw the need for a change in the Mineral Wells ISD,” he said.