Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 13, 2014

School gets Looney again

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — When all the ballots were counted after this week’s election it was Joe Don Looney who claimed the win and his third term on Pauls Valley’s school board.

Looney emerged from the trio of candidates seeking the five-year term and avoided a runoff election by collecting more than 50 percent of the ballots cast during Tuesday’s vote.

In all, a total of 236 votes went to Looney, which adds up to 58.7 percent of the 402 ballots turned in during the annual school election.

Finishing a distant second was Randy McGee with 88 votes, or 21.9 percent of the votes, while Brandi Harris received 78 votes (19.4 percent).

For now the results are unofficial as all election totals are expected to be certified late Friday afternoon.

Two school board races in Maysville were also wrapped during the election.

Claiming a full five-year term for the No. 4 office was Cindy Wilmot.

Wilmot picked up 225 votes (60.5 percent), while Vickie Foraker finished with 147 votes, or 39.5 percent support.

In the other Maysville race it was Heidi Gamble who won the unexpired term of the No. 2 office.

Gamble received 215 votes (58.4 percent), compared to 153 votes, or 41.6 percent, for Tyler Dean.

Back in Pauls Valley, Looney first earned a spot on the PV Board of Education when he defeated two opponents back in 2004.

His second five-year term came in 2009 when he was victorious over a single opponent.

“I’m just in it for all the kids,” Looney has previously stated. “I’ll do anything I can to help with their education.

“I’m just very passionate about this school board and the school system as a whole. I just want to keep doing what I can to help.”

The next big election comes on March 4 when two separate sales tax proposals go to voters.

A Garvin County half-cent tax is up for renewal. In place since 2007 this tax is again for a seven-year period.

Another half-cent sales tax is on the ballot, this one for Pauls Valley voters.

If the measure is passed the tax revenues will go to make needed capital improvements at PV General Hospital, specifically updating the hospital’s diagnostic equipment.

Yet another election is set for April 1 as a $20.3 million school bond issue in Wynnewood is on the ballot.

The Wynnewood issue, if passed by at least 60 percent, will go to build a new elementary school.