Hamilton County school board candidates clash over equity, books in District 8

Times Free Press files / Katie Perkins, left, and Larry Grohn are running for the District 8 seat on the Hamilton County school board.

School safety and infrastructure were among the top concerns of the two candidates vying for the District 8 seat on the Hamilton County school board during Tuesday night's debate.

Republican and former Chattanooga City Councilman Larry Grohn, now of East Ridge, faced off against Democrat Katie Perkins of Chattanooga in the first of a debate series sponsored by Chattanooga 2.0, the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Local 3 News.

The District 8 candidate who wins the August general election will represent the Brainerd Hills, Concord and East Ridge area, which includes East Ridge elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Spring Creek Elementary.

Other issues discussed in the debate included educational equity, bullying and literacy rates. Here's what the candidates had to say.