WEBSTER COUNTY, KY (11/7/12) - Election day was a rough day for incumbents on the Webster County School Board with a major overhaul in the voting.
There were three seats on the board up for grabs in Tuesday’s election. E. Carolyn Tucker of the 1st District (Dixon) and James Nance of the 2nd District (Sebree) were up for re-election, with the 5th District (Providence) seat belonging to Steve Henry also being vacant.
Michael “Mickey” Dunbar, a prominent banker in Webster County, defeated long-time board member E. Carolyn Tucker 424 to 388.
Leland Steely downed board chairman James “Jim” Nance 586 to 426 to take over the Sebree seat on the board.
The vacant Providence seat went to David Higgins, who received 533 votes. Larry Keeney finished in second with 491 and Chad Richardson was the lowest vote getter with only 172.
Dunbar stated he was thrilled with the results and called it a “great day for Webster County.”
“I’m very pleased, very humbled and of course, very excited,” Dunbar stated. “I also very thankful for all the help and support from any people and I promise to do the best job I can for everyone in Webster County.”
Dunbar also noted that he was excited with the prospects of working with two new board members and well as those already holding seats.
“I truly believe we can move forward and in a new direction which will benefit the employees and students in Webster County and that’s very exciting,” Dunbar concluded.
Leland Steeley, who upset long-time board member and current board chairman James Nance, was excited by the win.
“I would like to thank everybody for their support and the faith they’ve put in me,” Steeley said. “I will do my best.”
Steeley, Dunar and Higgins will join Jeff Pettit and Tim McCormick who were not up for re-election.
J-E News Editor
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