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Democrats are gaining one seat on the Republican-dominated State Board of Education, while Republicans held on in the other races that Democrats had hoped to flip in the 2020 general election.

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Republican State Sen. Bryan Hughes has defeated Democratic challenger Audrey Spanko and will serve another term in the Texas Senate, based on results from the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

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Gary ISD trustee Cody Pierce has been re-elected to his seat on the school board, according to unofficial total election results.

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Mark Roberson has ousted Panola College Trustee Hal Palmer and will assume the Place 4 position, based on unofficial total election results.

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James “Bubba” Broadus and David Bush were elected to the Lake Murvaul board, according to unofficial total results from the Panola County Elections Office.

Keven Ellis said he wants his work on the State Board of Education to be focused on the education of students, not the politics of adults. Brenda Davis said she believes her teaching background makes her a good choice for the board.

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Carthage ISD has rescheduled a bond meeting to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Carthage ISD administration building. At the meeting, school officials will present information about the bond proposal, its impact on the tax rate and more while answering questions from the community. The public is invited.

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Update, 10/13/20: Bryan Pauley let the Panola Watchman know Oct. 12 that he decided to continue campaigning and running for the board since it was too late to officially withdraw from the election. Below is the portion of the article originally written from his interview and removed before print.

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Two candidates are vying for the Place 4 seat on the Panola College Board of Trustees: Incumbent Hal Palmer and challenger Mark Roberson.

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Panola County attorney Larry Fields has been named as the Republican candidate for the Pct. 1 and 4 Justice of the Peace spot in the Nov. 3 election.