MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 30, 2013

Pair contest Midway school board seat

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Two men will vie for the unexpired school board office at Midway Public Schools in Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Bruce Reed faces Michael Ray after the general election in February left neither with more than 50 percent of the vote.

Ray received 109 votes, or 48.7 percent, and Reed received 82 votes, or 36.3 percent. A third candidate received 34 votes.

Reed was appointed to the three-year unexpired term in September when the previous board member resigned.

Reed said he is a church-goer and a strong believer in God. He enjoys coaching youth basketball in the summer and is dedicated to serving the students at Midway, he said.

“My daughter graduated there, and she loved it,” he said. “I think the school is a good school and that’s why I decided to serve on the board.”

Reed, who lives in Boynton, said the kids in every community attending Midway Public Schools should be represented.

Boynton Public Schools was closed by the state in March 2011, and its students   moved to either Midway or Haskell schools.

Reed said he supported the recent $1.3 million bond issue that voters overwhelmingly approved to build a new elementary school, the district’s first new classrooms since 1954.

“I worked hard to help get that bond passed and I would like to see the kids have a new school,” he said. “I would like to be there to help in the growth of the school and the community.”

Ray is a third-generation graduate of Midway Public Schools. He has four children, all of whom attend Midway schools, he said.

Ray, an oilfield worker, said his favorite pastime is spending time with his kids, along with hunting and fishing.

Ray said he isn’t interested in politics; he’s interested in seeing his kids get the best education.

“My purpose for doing this is for my kids,” he said. “Being a working parent, I see the challenges the kids face from day to day.”

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Boynton Community Center, the Council Hill Community Center and Wainwright School.

Voters may cast an absentee ballot in person from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Muskogee County Election Board office, 400 W. Broadway in Muskogee.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

Meet the candidates

OFFICE SOUGHT: Midway School Board, Office No. 1, unexpired term.

Michael Ray

Age: 37.

Hometown: Council Hill. Lives in Boynton.

Family: Wife, and four children who attend Midway.

Occupation: Oilfield worker.

Education: Midway High School graduate.

Religious Affiliation: Christian.

Hobbies: Spending time with my kids, fishing and hunting.

Bruce Reed (i)

Age: 61.

Hometown: Boynton.

Family: Married with two children.

Occupation: Retired.

Education: Boynton High School graduate with a year of trade school.

Religious Affiliation: Baptist.

Hobbies: Coaching youth basketball.