Midland ISD School Board candidates to compete in runoff election

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MIDLAND COUNTY -- Election day is over, but not every race is over just yet.

Tuesday’s voters didn’t seal a majority between the three candidates running for Midland ISD’s District 5 Trustee seat.

One day after election day, not even the runoff is set in stone. Unofficial totals from the Midland County Elections Office show Heidi Kirk as the clear lead for district 5, but the runner up was much less decisive.

Thomas Wolfmueller edged out John Trischitti III as runner up -- by only one vote. Wolfmueller had 1,942 votes, while Trischitti barely fell short with 1,941.

“I mean certainly not what you hope for or expect but how encouraging that people are clearly engaged in public education in this community,” Trischitti said.

However – this isn’t the end of the line for Trischitti.

Midland County Elections officials are waiting for more than 200 mail in, overseas and provisional ballots to arrive at their offices.

That’s more than enough to tip the scales for Wolfmueller or Trischitti.

“Oh, I’ve got to stay confident,” Wolfmueller said. “It’s gonna be, it’s gonna be good. It’s gonna be close, but it’s gonna be good and I think we’re going to take it.”

Trischitti also wants another shot at the school board seat, but he said he thinks any of the three candidates will be good for Midland schools.

“We’re in it for the right reasons," Trischitti said. "You know we love kids, we love the students. We want them to have a good education. We’re supportive of teachers. So, it really just came down to voter preference when they went in the polling.”

Midland County voters will find out which candidate will run against Kirk in the runoff election Nov. 14.

After the two runoff candidates are determined, voters can cast their ballots between the two from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11 to choose the district 5 trustee.

Just like Tuesday, every vote counts.