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Johnson City Board of Education election: Paula Treece to fill school board vacancy

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Nov 6, 2018 at 10:14 PM

Paula Treece narrowly defeated Kenneth “Herb” Greenlee in the Johnson City Board of Education election to fill the vacancy created by former board member Stacie Torbett’s midterm resignation.

Treece, who has served on PTA boards for about 14 years and served as president of the Johnson City Council of PTAs for the last three years, received 8,421 votes or 50.75 percent, while Greenlee, supervisor of the Carver Recreation Center and a Johnson City Schools bus driver, came away with 8,101 votes or 48.82 percent of the total. 

Before the election, both candidates emphasized that their experience working with children and closely with the school district qualifies them to take the vacated seat.

While Greenlee narrowly lost, he will still continue his work outside of the board “to help the kids and community.” Greenlee hinted that he is open to running again in the future. 

“I’ll just have to wait and see. It may come up in the future,” he said. 

Treece said she was humbled by the result and looks forward to serving on the board. 

“I'm really excited to have won with it being as close as it was,” she said when the results came in. “It’s pretty awesome and humbling to be a part of that board knowing how great they are.”

This year’s ballot contained two races: one regular election for four full, four-year terms and another election for the unexpired term set to end in 2020.

The four candidates running for the four, full-term seats — incumbents Tom Hager and Kathy Hall and newcomers Michelle Treece and Robert Williams — were unopposed by any write-in candidates.

Here are the results for the four-year terms:

• Hager: 12,306 votes, 24.94 percent.

• Hall: 13,202, 26.75 percent.

• Michelle Treece: 12,368, 25.06 percent.

• Williams: 11,207, 22.71 percent.

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