NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Candidates in two of the most heated Metro Nashville School Board races battled for votes on election night with the winners of the races defeating the opponents by a very small margin.
In the 2012 candidate vied for positions in districts 1,3,5,7 and 9 with each winner being elected to a four year term. Two of the most closely watched districts in this election cycle were the races between candidates Sharon Gentry and Ed Kendall in District 1 and between Gracie Porter and Elissa Kim in District 5.
In the District 1 race two incumbents were thrown together in the same race. After district lines were redrawn Sharon Gentry, the wife of Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry went head to head with dean of the School Board, Ed Kendall.
In District 5, school board chairman Gracie Porter faced off against three challengers: Elissa Kim, John Haubenriech and Erica Lanier. In July 2012, the Service Employees International Union Local 205 blanked District 5 with flyers that took Porter's apple campaign symbol and turned it into a rotten apple and gave the long-time educator a failing grade for her performance as board chair.
Kim and Porter battled in votes throughout election night, never being more than 200 votes apart. Kim, who works as a recruiter for Teach for America, was able to raise a substantial amount of donations for her race, a total of more than $81,000.
After votes were counted, Sharon Gentry won District 1 by a small margin of 588 votes. Her win means the end of a 27 year career of service to the school board for Ed Kindall. In District 5 Elissa Kim won over incumbent Gracie Porter with 1,754 votes to Porters 1,518.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:24 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:24:42 GMT
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