Basil wins school board race

Union County’s second district will have a new representative on the Union County School District board of trustees come next year, after Mickey Basil defeated incumbent Gary Gray in Tuesday’s election.

Basil received approximately 51 percent of the votes in the second district with 443 votes, compared to nearly 49 percent for Gray with 407 votes.  A total of 36 votes separated the two men, including absentees.

Basil said that when he found out he had won the race, he had relief and exhilaration all at the same time.

“I would like to take this time to thank all of the voters of District Two for the vote they gave me Tuesday,” Basil said. “We will work together as a team to make West Union the best school it can be.”

He said that he hopes to bring a fresh voice to the table and that he feels the school district needs to focus on implementing new technology in the education system.

“The world is changing and we need to make sure our students are ready,” Basil said. “We will need to make sure we continue to perform well on state tests.”

Basil said he also plans to work  with the other board members to continue building up the district’s sports programs.

Gray, who has served on the school board for six years, said  he was disappointed in the loss, but that he was grateful for his time serving the school district.

 The administration and staff at West Union Attendance Center do an excellent job educating the students in our district and definitely deserve the ‘high performing’ status they have received,” Gray said. “I hope the board continues working hard to ensure our students receive the best education possible. I am still and have always been interested in the education of the young people of Union County.”

In other Union County election results, like much of the Mississippi’s first Congressional district, local voters overwhelmingly chose to vote for Alan Nunelee as the next representative to the US House of Representatives.

Nunelee received approximately 65 percent of the vote in Union County, with 4,791 votes, while incumbent Travis Childers received half that number, with 2,381.  Of the seven independent and third-party candidates that ran for the seat, none received one percent of the vote.

According to Union County’s Republican Party Chairman, Childers defeat was part of a message being sent to the federal government.

“Childers just got caught up in this message being sent to Washington,” Morris said.  “The people are tired of the spending and, really, all the Blue Dog Democrats like Travis were caught up in it.”

In the the judicial races, Kelly Mims took 58 percent of the vote for the Court of Appeals seat, compared to Donna Barnes, who received 42 percent. 

Barnes, however, won the seat district-wide.

 John Gregory and incumbent Robert Elliot won their respective races for Circuit Court judge seats in both the county and district, defeating opponents Tom Levidiotis and Shirley C. Byers respectively.