Incumbents win the day in school board races

Published 3:23 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The results of Tuesday’s municipal election determined that the Selma City School Board will remain the same for another term.

Current Selma City School Board President Johnny Moss, III held onto his position by a large margin, receiving 4,133 votes to challenger Jeffery J. Strong’s 1457 votes.

The results of the election also determined that District 3 Board Member Phyllis Houser and District 4 Board Member Dr. Tanya Miles would also remain on the board.

Houser kept her seat by a margin of 342 votes, earning 837 votes to challenger Wanda Tyler’s 495 votes.

Miles held on to her position by a margin of 238 votes, earning 792 votes to challenger Lydia Pettway’s 495 votes.

District 2 Board Member and Vice President Brenda Obomanu and District 1 Board Member Danielle Wooten faced no challengers during this election, excusing them from Tuesday’s ballot.

All three of Tuesday’s victors expressed excitement over being reelected to their current positions.

“For over three years, I have had the pleasure of serving teachers, parents, students, and the entire Selma community in my role on the Board of Education,” said Moss. “We have made tremendous progress over the last three years and I want to thank the citizens of Selma for your vote of confidence in me. I will can continue to advocate for transparency, keep our local community a priority, and be a leader that produces results for our city’s school system.”

Houser said that the COVID-19-induced chaos that took place over the summer caused a late start to her campaign over the last several months and she was quick to attribute her success in Tuesday’s election to divine intervention.

“To God be the glory,” said Houser. “It was all God.”

Houser thanked everyone that braved the polls Tuesday and casted a ballot for her, thanking them for the opportunity to further serve the students of Selma City Schools.

Miles echoed Houser’s thanks, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to once again serve the district.

“Education is my passion,” she said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to do what’s right for Selma City Schools.”

Both Houser and Miles said they were excited to that the School Board’s member’s will all remain the same this term.

“It’s awesome to continue this dynamic,” said Houser.

According to Miles, when the current school board took office at the beginning of the current term nearly four years ago, the district was under state intervention due to various issues.

“This school board, along with Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams, have worked hard to resolve those issues, develop a strategic five-year plan and guide funding each year,” said Miles.