Board incumbents resist challengers


Incumbents Mike Corley and Zingara Manning both prevailed in the Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District’s board elections, which began with early voting on April 22 and concluded with Saturday’s general election.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity to serve the district again,” said Corley. “I am humbled and grateful for the support. I look forward to continue governing on a team that always makes students the first priority.”

Corley, who has served on the MCISD board for eight years, held off challengers Terri Brown Davis and Melissa Hinojosa. Corley garnered over 54 percent of the vote out of the three Position 6 hopefuls with 424 votes. Davis earned a touch over 35 percent with 280 votes and Hinojosa, who was far and away the youngest challenger in 2019 at 24-years-old, received 91 votes.

In preparation for the election, Corley highlighted the district’s upgraded facilities as one of the major improvements that he is most proud of and is also confident that the school’s standardized testing scores will improve now that officials know what to expect.

Manning was able to hold onto her spot and defeat challenger Cassandra “Nan” McGilbra in a tightly contested race for Position 7. Manning’s 442 votes were good for 57 percent of the vote while McGilbra earned 43 percent with 338 votes.

“I would like to thank the voters of Madison County and let them know that I am grateful for their support,” said Manning. “Our focus is always the children and we will keep that in mind as we keep an eye on the legislative session and the impact it will have on testing and property tax relief.”

Manning has also served on the MCISD board since 2011. Like Mr. Corley, she is proud of the district’s upgrades and concerned with the impact the continued state testing may have on students. She feels that reducing the importance of state testing would work toward the district’s favor and better encompass the ability of the students.

She also stated that she is looking forward to working with new board member Bo Williams, who ran unopposed for Position 5. Position 5 was held by Mark Bennett, who decided not to seek reelection.

Williams is an MCISD graduate with three children who currently go to school in the district. His wife is an eighth grade math teacher. Upon graduation from MHS, he went to work at Mid-South Synergy, where he has been ever since.

While there is not anything specific Williams has a desire to change from the normal operations of the current board, he believes that he can bring a different outlook on the basis of learning a trade.