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Lynn Gray wins re-election to Hillsborough School Board

Gray denied a comeback attempt by former board member Sally Harris.
Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray captured nearly 54 percent of the vote in her re-election bid Tuesday.
Hillsborough County School Board member Lynn Gray captured nearly 54 percent of the vote in her re-election bid Tuesday.
Published Nov. 4, 2020
Updated Nov. 4, 2020

TAMPA — Lynn Gray, a longtime teacher who has taken a strong stand against the runaway growth of charter schools, won a second term Tuesday on the Hillsborough County School Board.

Gray, 68, faced a tough challenge from 70-year-old Sally Harris, a former School Board member who operates a popular South Tampa child care center.

But Gray was able to capture nearly 54 percent of the votes for the districtwide seat.

She said Tuesday evening that she looks forward to continuing the intiatives she worked on in her first term, including enhanced instruction in African American history and outreach to the Hispanic community.

“And getting our district financially in shape again," she added. “And our teachers, keeping them working and keeping them in a more stable working environment.”

In her first term on the board, Gray set herself apart by asking tough questions about charter schools, which are financed by taxpayers but often use the management services of for-profit companies.

Harris, who has opened her home to dozens of foster children over the years, said she appreciates the way charter schools sometimes meet the needs of students who do not succeed in conventional schools.

Defeated in the 2018 primary by Stacy Hahn, Harris had hoped to return to the board this year.