The Hamilton County Board of Education will get two new members next month after a political newcomer claimed the only open seat up for election Thursday night and a two-term incumbent lost.
Jenny Hill beat opponent Michael Henry for the District 6 seat held by board member Joe Galloway, who decided not to seek reelection.
"I am really excited about what it means that District 6 has decided so completely that they are ready to put every student first in Hamilton County," Hill said. "What we know is that people in District 6 care a great deal about public education and they want better for their children and for all children in Hamilton County."
Jenny Hill, 39, who co-owns Papercut Interactive with her husband and whose two children attend Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, defeated Michael Henry 4,154 to 1,557.
"What we know is that people in District 6 care a great deal about public education and they want better for their children and for all children in Hamilton County," Hill said.
Hill ran on a platform advocating for better school maintenance plans, a full audit of Hamilton County facilities and multi-year budgeting.
Henry, 28, who tried to capitalize on UnifiEd's unofficial support for Hill, is a marketing consultant. He touted his experience working in some Hamilton County schools through his graduate assistantship at UTC in his campaign for the seat.
Henry declined to comment on the results.
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