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Gray drops out of school board race

Micheal Jo Gray, 2nd District Claiborne school board member, announced his decision last week not to run for reelection. Gray, who currently serves as the board chairman, said the decision to pull his name from the August election ballot was “personal.”

“It’s not a decision I come by, easily. A lot of things have changed, in the last year, personally — not on this board. Before I sat here, the Lord sent me on another journey and I feel like, maybe I need to get back to that. I also have two wonderful children that I can affect, at home.

“(It’s) not to say you won’t see my name there again, one day, when things change. This is just for now. I’ll still be around to help,” said Gray.

He explained his initial decision to run for reelection.

“I wanted to wait and make sure there were other people that were running, before I made this decision,” said Gray, referring to pulling his name from the ballot.

New Tazewell hopefuls Terry K. Keck and Russell Ernest Smith are now left to battle for the 2nd District school board seat.

Full coverage of the most recent school board meeting will be included in the next issue of the Claiborne Progress.

The next school board committee meeting will occur at 6 p.m. on April 26, inside the BOE Central Office meeting room. The next monthly meeting of the school board is scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 10, in the large courtroom of the Claiborne County Courthouse.

The public is encouraged to attend these monthly meetings.