CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - A new group of educators, Chesterfield County Public Schools parents, and lifelong residents are set to lead the school district following Tuesday’s general election.
No incumbents ran for office, leaving all five seats on the Chesterfield School Board open.
Ann Coker: Bermuda District
Coker was raised in the Bermuda District, and attended Enon Elementary, Chester Middle and graduated from Thomas Dale High.
Coker has a background in psychology and business administration. Her four children attend Chesterfield schools.
Dot Heffron: Clover Hill District
Heffron recently stepped away from the classroom to run for office. She was a middle school teacher in CCPS.
Debbie Bailey: Dale District
Bailey is a retired teacher who won 2015 Middle School Teacher of the Year for Chesterfield County.
Ryan Harter: Matoaca
Harter is a military veteran who has taught civics and economics and Chesterfield County and Prince George.
“I have served our country during time of need and then transitioned to fill another need in our classrooms," Harter wrote on his campaign page. "I vow to work with: members of the community, school leaders, the board of supervisors, and other elected officials to continue improving Chesterfield County Schools.”
Kathryn Haines: Midlothian
Haines has a background in urban planning. She has children in all 3 levels of the school system.
The Chesterfield Education Association, an education non-profit says they are “excited to see the level of knowledge," amongst the new school board.
The CEA recommended 4 of the 5 candidates who won their races. The CEA did not have a recommendation in the Bermuda District.
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