Hamilton County school board candidate attended rally, not riot, campaign manager says

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / A knocked-over sign reads "Candidate that was at the January 6 Insurrection" in a similar font and color scheme as Virginia Anne Manson's campaign signs. Manson is running for school board.

District 11 school board candidate Virginia Anne Manson of Lookout Mountain attended a rally on the mall near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 - and someone wants everyone to know it.

In the past week, signs have appeared next to Manson's campaign signs that read "Candidate that was at the January 6 insurrection" with an arrow pointing at her sign.

Manson's campaign manager, Dalton Temple, said in a phone call that while Manson did attend the rally, she did not participate in the subsequent siege on the Capitol, which has been the subject of Congressional hearings this month.

Temple said he had not seen the signs himself. He also said rumors that Manson flew to Washington for the rally on a private jet were untrue.

Temple said the candidate would not be available for an interview to answer questions about her trip.