School Board member John Hunter to run for city commission

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 2, 2018 at 9:57 PM

Johnson City School Board member John Hunter announced his intention to run for a seat on the City Commission at Monday night's school board meeting, saying he wanted his colleagues on the school board to be the first to know.

Hunter made the announcement near the end of the school board meeting, saying “the city and the region are coming up on near- and long-term crossroads.”

In a reference to one of two current City Commissioners in the running for other offices, Hunter said ”I believe I am qualified to serve as commissioner.”

“I wanted you to hear it from me first. I intend to run (for commission) this year. I will remain on the (school) board until the election is complete (in November). I will help advance the 2018-19 budget.

“I thank each of you for what you have done to help mold me during for the past five-plus years and I thank you for advocating and ensuring we have quality education in Johnson City.”

The qualifying deadline for the City Commission race is Aug 16 and the election is Nov. 6.

Johnson City Mayor David Tomita is a candidate for Washington County Mayor in the Republican primary coming up in May. Johnson City Commissioner Ralph van Brocklin is running as an independent candidate for the Washington County Commission in the August general election.

In other business Monday, the school board recognized 19 teachers who were recently awarded grants from the Johnson City Public Schools Foundation totaling more than $10,000.

The competitive grant awards ranged from $179 to $1,000 for a wide variety of educational projects for students at all grade levels.

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