For years Linda Mosley has worked with children in schools and through local organizations, and now it’s time for her to do so as an elected official, she said Friday.
Mrs. Mosley announced this week she would seek a spot on the Hamilton County Board of Education as District 7 representative. The senior vice president and relationship manager of private client services at First Tennessee Bank joins Kevin Burke and Michael Dzik in competing for the seat soon to be vacated by board member Joe Conner.
“I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do right now than serve on the school board and try to find some answers for things we need to do,” said Mrs. Mosley, 50.
Mrs. Mosley said school safety is one of her biggest concerns for the public school system, and she would like to see the board come up with some alternative, less expensive options than putting school resource officers in all buildings.
In general, Mrs. Mosley said she wants to help the board spend its dollars wisely and believes her business experience would prove helpful.
“Economics is on everybody’s mind, and we need to look for ways to work within our budget and work with (County) Commissioners,” she said.
Mrs. Mosley belongs to the Rotary Club and serves on the board of directors for WTCI-TV, Blood Assurance, the Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga. She has an elementary education degree and taught kindergarten briefly in the Cleveland City school system.
She said students in Hamilton County need to be educated on the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs “easily for sale on the streets,” and would like the school board to get involved in such an effort.
Linda Todd, regional marketing director for First Tennessee, said Mrs. Mosley is an obvious fit for the school board. Her business savvy and networking complement her leadership and teamwork experience, Ms. Todd said.
“She’s stepped up to the plate and finally taken the challenge,” she said. “I don’t endorse many people like this, but this is an important one for me because of the impact the school system has on the growth of our city. I believe in her.”
Mrs. Mosley is married to Buddy, and their son, James, graduated in 1995 from Ooltewah High School. She touted her experience as a parent, energetically supporting public education.
“Anybody that knows me will tell you I have a lot of energy and I put a lot of passion into whatever I do,” she said, “and that’s vital.”
SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
* Rhonda Thurman
* Chip Baker
* Joe Dumas
* Debra Matthews
* Gregg Juster
* Kenneth Simpson
* Kevin Burke
* Michael Dzik
* Linda Mosley
Source: Hamilton County Election Commission
Here are the candidates qualifying with the Hamilton County Election Commission for the various races on Aug. 7 (Federal and state races will have party primaries, and those general elections will take place in November.):
3rd Congressional District (just those who filed in Hamilton County; district covers several counties):
U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.
Doug Vandagriff, Democrat
Jean Howard-Hill, independent
26th state House District:
Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga
27th state House District:
Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga
28th state House District:
Rep. Tommie Brown, D-Chattanooga
29th state House District:
Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga
Basil Marceaux Jr., Republican
30th state House District:
Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge
31st state House District:
Jim Vincent, Republican (Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, qualified in Rhea County)
10th state Senate District:
Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga
Oscar Brown, Republican
Basil Marceaux Sr., Republican
Hamilton County sheriff:
Greg Beck, Democrat
Jim Hammond, Republican
Timothy Akins, independent
Jim Winters, independent
Hamilton County Board of Education:
Lookout Mountain Board of Commissioners:
Lookout Mountain School Board:
James M. Haley IV
Source: Hamilton County Election Commission
Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...