More potential board candidates step forward

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 3:17pm

With just more than a week to go before school board candidates must officially toss their hats in the ring for an upcoming general election, long-time board members Ed Kindall and George Thompson still have no potential opposition.

Both Kindall and Thompson have officially completed, as of the last few days, the process necessary to run for office. The deadline is April 3.

Possible challengers have picked up papers from the Davidson County Election Commission for every other seat up for election this fall. In District 9, currently represented by board chair Marsha Warden, seven people have picked up papers, though they may not all run.

Potential candidates have also picked up papers for the districts represented by Mark North and Gracie Porter. Tim Coleman has papers for District 3, represented by North. Omaran Lee is the potential opposition for Porter in District 5, though Lee said today that he probably will not run.

To date, only one challenger, Paul Brenner, has officially qualified to join the race, and he’ll be on the ballot in District 9 for a seat currently occupied by board chair Marsha Warden. Another District 9 hopeful is Lee Limbird, who has not qualified but stated that she plans to do so.

Others who have shown interest in District 9 include Warden, who has picked up papers but not qualified. Metro Council member Eric Crafton, as well as Alan Coverstone, Stphen Hicks and James Lech, have all picked up papers but say they’re still on the fence about running.

A crowded ballot in District 9 could make for an interesting race, as run-offs are not a part of school board elections — the candidate with the most votes is elected to office.

General elections are slated to take place August 7. For more information, visit

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By: MJB on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good to see more names mentioned than simply Eric Crafton's. I still question the reason for any story about people merely picking up the papers. Shouldn't the story wait until April 4th, after the deadline for all campaigners?

By: dogmrb on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I guess you can pick the papers up at the last minute and have another piece of paper with names, signatures etc. Or does it have to be on the election document? District 9 still needs to make sure it has its act together. As we all know, election rules are not rational but just the rules that have been voted in by the election commission which is charged and voted upon by the state legislature.