Long-time residents running for Tishomingo school board seat

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TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) -- After three recent scandals many are calling for change at Tishomingo Public Schools, now two new faces are vying for a seat on the school board.

Ty Hull and Scott Hutchings say they're ready to make a positive impact on the district.

"I want to come in and bring a new perspective," Ty Hull said.

"I want to be a voice for the community," Scott Hutchings said.

They're running for a seat on Tishomingo's school board, a five-year term.

Hutchings says he comes from a family of educators.

"I have a intimate knowledge of the challenges educators face and teachers face," He said.

Hull works with kids daily as a counselor at the Refuge Behavioral Health center.

"I just feel like you know I have an opportunity to see needs when needs may not be seen from other perspectives," Hull said.

Hull says recent school scandals played a part in his decision to run.

"Right now there's been a lot of things going on," He said.

Superintendent Kevin Duncan is stepping down this summer after his wife Shelley (a former teacher) was charged with lewd acts with a child, and two coaches were fired after going on a beer run in a school bus.

"It's so easy to focus on the negativity and I think we need to bring up the positives and the success that we've had," Hull said.

Hutchings says, what's in the past is in the past.

"I think right now our primary focus should be moving forward.," Hutchings said.

He says he wants to ensure a great education for his kids and others.

"I want the best for each one of these kids, for each one of our teachers and our administrators and I feel like I can help do that," Hutchings said.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. -7 p.m. on Tuesday.

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