A familiar face returns to the Midway Independent School District Board of Trustees as incumbent Tom Pagel was overwhelmingly re-elected over challenger Ross Larson.

Pagel secured 521 votes, or 73 percent, versus the 191 votes, or 27 percent, that Larson received.

Pagel, 58, who has served eight years on the school board, is the co-owner of Dunlap and Pagel Builders and has two children who graduated from Midway ISD.

Larson, 43, a certified public accountant who works as Baylor University’s senior finance and business manager for academic affairs, said he decided to run for a trustee seat because he is concerned about the amount of money the administration is spending and wants more areas of the district to be represented on the board.

Pagel disagreed with Larson’s assessment of the district. He said the district could avoid future budget woes through refusing transfers and lowering the student population of the district.

Place 4, held by Bobby Deaton, was also up for election, but he had no challenger this year.

School board trustees are volunteer positions elected to three-year terms, with no term limits. The board is responsible for hiring the superintendent and setting the district’s goals.

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