Whatever the case, Wilson, an incumbent, won the District 2 seat by 1,944 votes to 1,439, or 57 percent to 43 percent, over challenger Louis Hyden.
“I’m tickled to death; I’m at a loss for words,” said Wilson. “I’ve been nervous all day, (but) I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the public.”
He also thanked all his supporters and those who helped him make calls and propel his campaign. “I had unreal support, I just can’t get over it.”
As far as his conflict with Minton, Wilson said that she “had a beef with” him.
“She was saying these things, that Jim Wilson voted this way or that way; I don’t know why she was saying these things,” said Wilson of Minton, who also criticized the school administration’s performance as part of her campaign. “I told her if she stayed in Kentucky instead of (being elsewhere), she would know the facts. That’s when she really got riled up.”
Wilson also served on the school board in District 1 a decade ago, leaving the board in 2004. He was then appointed to fill Samantha Ping’s vacated seat in January of last year after Ping moved, but then had to defend that seat in an election against Brandon Cross — then do so again this year against Hyden. Now, Wilson gets to serve out a full four-year term. Altogether, he has 35 years of experience in the Pulaski County School System.
“Nobody bought me, I’m not obligated to anybody,” he said. “I just feel like (this board) will work together well. We’ll be looking at kids first. ... When you lose sight of the kids’ needs, you should just get out and go home.”
Citak, a former surgeon and current doctor in hospital administration, beat Bob Conley in a race between two individuals to fill Phillip Wilson’s seat in District 5. Watching the numbers roll in early Tuesday night, Citak said that he was “humbled” by the support, which had him winning 2,474 votes to 1,279, or 66 percent to 34 percent.
Citak recently had a son graduate from Southwestern High School and has a daughter there now. He said that this is his first time running for any sort of political position.
“I really wanted to be an involved parent,” he said. “I wanted to be part of the system that would help provide education to the future of out county. I’m so excited to be a part of this.”