Five Qualify For WV School Slots

WATER VALLEY – There will be two contested school board races on the November 3 ballot after five candidates qualified to run for the non-partisan positions in the Water Valley School District.
The flurry of filings came during the final days and hours before the Sept. 4 deadline and includes Annette Trefzer, Joseph Flippin and Angela D. Brown for Position 3 and Kathryn York and Andy Parrish for Position 4.
The winner of the three-way race for Position 3 will fill the remaining four years in the five-year term that runs from 2020 to 2024 after there was a vacancy for the slot. Last November one candidate qualified for the position, but did not take office due to a job conflict. The Water Valley School Board of Trustees appointed Pierce Epes to serve in 2020 to fill the vacancy. Epes served two five-year terms prior to his appointment last December.
Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported there could be a runoff in this race if a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes cast on Nov. 3. If necessary, the runoff will be on Nov. 24.
In Position 4, the winner of the race will succeed Taylor Trusty, who is serving the final year of his third term.
In Coffeeville, Vencie Lawerence Varnado was the sole qualifier for Position 4. With only one candidate, this position will not appear on the ballot and Varnado will automatically take office in January.
Both the Coffeeville and Water Valley school districts are divided into five positions, or subdistricts, and are not the same as supervisor districts in the county.

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