The lone challenger to the chairman of the Jackson County Board of Education has withdrawn his candidacy. Lance McMurray, Commerce, removed his name from the July 31 primary in the race for District 4 of the BOE on Wednesday. That school board seat largely serves East Jackson and parts of South Jackson. Without a challenger, current BOE chairman Lynn Massey-Wheeler will serve another term. Both Massey-Wheeler and McMurray qualified as Republicans.
McMurray said his decision to withdraw from the race came after he gave second thoughts about the time demands the elected position would require for his family and job obligations.
“I think the BOE is truly a public service job, because it pays $1,200 a year and it makes huge demands on you personally,” he said.