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The Hamilton County Department of Education is seen in this file photo.
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Vote totals by district

District 1:

Rhonda Thurman, incumbent — 2, 111

Patti Skates — 1,336

Jason Moses — 276

District 2:

Kathy Lennon —1,791

Jonathan Welch, incumbent — 1,693

District 4:

Tiffanie Robinson — 807

George Ricks, incumbent — 753

Montrell Besley — 522

Annette Thompson — 94

District 7:

Joe Wingate — 2,489

Donna Horn, incumbent — 1,166

All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission; some vote totals include write-in votes

Source: Hamilton County Election Commission

Three incumbents lost their seats on the Hamilton County Board of Education on Thursday, with only longtime member Rhonda Thurman keeping her place at the dais.

Kathy Lennon in District 2, Tiffanie Robinson in District 4 and Joe Wingate in District 7 will all join the nine-member board in September.

Six challengers in four races ran campaigns calling for a change in leadership and increased transparency from the school system. A seventh challenger dropped out.

Despite increased countywide attention being placed on the school board election, voting was relatively low in each of the four races, with 13,075 votes cast. Four years ago, 19,001 votes were cast in the school board races.

Voting was also down in all Hamilton County elections Thursday — just 29,100 ballots were cast countywide, down from 50,562 in 2012.

The landscape of what was looking to be a relatively uneventful election changed just days before Christmas after an Ooltewah High School freshman was raped, allegedly by three of his basketball teammates.

The district's lack of communication following the incident ignited community outrage, and school board members questioned how the incident was handled and confidence in former Superintendent Rick Smith waning. After weathering several tumultuous months, Smith resigned from his spot at the helm in March.

The newly elected board is tasked with making significant decisions, including the hiring of the district's next leader, handling litigation expected in response to the rape and ensuring that the district's low standardized test scores begin to improve.

In this year's election, challengers in each race raised significantly more money than the incumbents, and in most races, a majority of the money came from outside the candidate's district and from prominent Chattanoogans who said they wanted to see new faces on the school board.

School board members serve a four-year term and are paid about $11,000 with additional benefits.

All vote totals, which include federally mandated provisional ballots, are unofficial until certified by the Tennessee Department of Elections.

Contact staff writer Kendi A. Rainwater at 423-757-6592 or krainwater@timesfreepress.com. Follow on Twitter @kendi_and.

Hamilton County general and Tennessee primary election stories

Schools by district

District 1

Allen Elementary

Daisy Elementary

North Hamilton County Elementary

Sale Creek Middle High

Sequoyah Technology Center

Soddy Elementary

Soddy-Daisy Middle

Soddy-Daisy High

District 2

Alpine Crest Elementary

Nolan Elementary

Red Bank Elementary

Red Bank Middle

Red Bank High

Rivermont Elementary

Signal Mountain Middle High

Thrasher Elementary

District 4

Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - Elementary

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - High

Clifton Hills Elementary

Donaldson, Calvin Elementary

East Lake Academy of Fine Arts

East Lake Elementary

East Side Elementary

Hamilton County Middle College High School at Chattanooga St

Hardy Elementary

The Howard School Orchard Knob Elementary

Orchard Knob Middle

STEM School

District 7

Apison Elementary

East Hamilton Middle High

Shepherd, Bess T. Elementary

Westview Elementary



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