By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Ronnie Bell, an interim Lee County School Board member, held onto his seat in Tuesday night’s special election.
Bell, a former county administrator, defeated former Saltillo Mayor W.K. Webb. He received 2,009 votes, or 54 percent.
“I appreciate all of the help and confidence,” Bell said. “We have a lot of big issues ahead, not only for the Lee County School District, but for a lot of districts in the state with coming curriculum changes.”
Bell, 50, will continue to represent District 2, which includes Saltillo and Guntown and will serve the final four years of the six-year term to which Jim Bain was elected in November 2010. Bain resigned from the position in March, and Bell has been serving as interim board member since March 8.
Bell said he is interested in innovative ways for the school district to offer pre-K education and also in being responsible with taxpayer money.
“I thought I’d run and try to help some,” Webb said. “I didn’t make it, but I’m proud for Ronnie. He was doing a good job and will do a good job and is a good friend.”
Also re-elected on Tuesday night were Lee County School Board incumbents Mike Mitchell and Mary Edwards, who both were unopposed. Mitchell will represent District 3, which includes Mooreville, and Edwards will serve District 4, which includes south Lee County.
Some Lee County voters weighed in on a Nettleton School Board election that included parts of Lee and Monroe counties. In that race, Willie Brandon Jr. defeated incumbent Tommy Coggin. Brandon received 309 votes, or 67 percent.