District 1 school board member Rhonda Thurman will challenge Republican primary winner Randy Fairbanks for Fred Skillern's seat on the Hamilton County Commission.
Fairbanks, a Soddy-Daisy CPA, upset Skillern in the May 6 Republican primary, winning by 52 votes. There is on Democratic opposition in the August election.
Thurman, in the midst of her third term on the Hamilton County school board, has long been a close political ally of Skillern. But she said it was not Skillern's idea for her to run - residents of the northern stretches of the county approached her about running after Skillern's loss earlier this month, she said.
She plans to aggressively campaign - something observers noted was lacking in Skillern's latest run for office. But mainly, she said she'll have to get the word out about how the write-in process works. It requires a voter to both fill in a bubble and write in a candidate's name.
"We will have to educate people on how to do it," she said.