GEORGE COUNTY, Miss. (WKRG) – Two new members will be seated on the board of education for the George County School District after winning the midterm election.

Matthew Smith, a veterinarian at George County Veterinary Clinic, defeated incumbent Jessie Ludgood by 916 to 313.

Ludgood, retired from Singing River Electric, was first elected to the District 1 seat in 2016. He currently serves as the board’s vice president.

Unofficial results by precinct:

Rocky CreekMulti MartWardShipmanTotal
Jessie Ludgood212356056313 (25.5%)
Matthew Smith570100124122916 (74.5%)

Clanton, a special education teacher and department chair in Pascagoula-Gautier Schools and former director of special education and director of human resources in George Co. Schools, won a three-way race.

Unofficial results by precinct:

CourthousePine LevelAgricolaHowellMovellaTotal
Maria Clanton78197370141127913 (61.9%)
David Pritchett478016610967469 (31.8%)
Margaret Tyrone122234101492 (6.2%)

Both ran on a platform pushing for accountability and transparency while opposing the purchase of a $1.27 million building the board voted to purchase earlier this year to house district administrative offices.

The pair will be seated at the first school board meeting in January to serve a six-year term in office.