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Saturday’s school board race was billed as a contest between the status quo and change.
However you may have seen it, the board will get a new face when Wade Watson is sworn in Thursday night.
Watson got 330 votes to Tony Mooney’s 240, winning Place 1 – the seat vacated when Gary Clayton decided not to seek a second term.
Watson, who owns and operates Texas Custom Trailers, ran on a platform of supporting the district’s leadership.
“I think we have a lot of good things going on in the district,” he said. “Like all school districts, there are a lot of challenges facing education today. I just want to make good, sound decisions that benefit the kids of Decatur ISD.”
He thanked the voters who turned out and expressed his appreciation for “all the help and support of the community.”
Although Watson is the current president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce and heads up a couple of committees for the AgriLife Extension Service in Wise County, this was his first run for elective office.
“It’s been an interesting process, but a good one,” he said.
Mooney, an account manager for Axis Communications, billed himself as the candidate for change. On his Facebook site after the election, he said, “We fought the good fight but came up short.”
Thanking those who supported his campaign, he added, “Change is difficult and any time the status quo is tested there is a risk. I’m proud to have made a stand for change and for my beliefs.”
Jeff Elder was unopposed in his run for Place 2 on the board. He received 483 votes.
The board was to meet Wednesday morning and canvass the votes, then swear in Elder and Watson at the start of its regular meeting Thursday.