Catherine "Kay" Hatch defeated Hernando County School Board Chairman Mark Johnson in his bid for reelection to the District 1 seat in Tuesday's primary.
She took about 54 percent of the vote, according to the Hernando County Supervisor of Elections. Retired from a career in nursing, Hatch, 69, moved to the area about three years ago from Ohio.
During the campaign, she said she offers "people and relationship-building skills" that Johnson doesn't. She has said she will push for teacher raises and be an advocate for children and families from all backgrounds.
Hatch was celebrating with friends when results posted. Reached by phone afterward, she said she was "speechless."
"I had a really good feeling going into this," she said. "I am so looking forward to serving the students and the teachers and the staff and the community here in Hernando County."School Board races are nonpartisan. Members set policy and approve budgets for the school district. They must live in the community where their seat is based, but are elected countywide. They serve four-year terms and are paid $36,276 per year.
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