Karl Smith, chairman of the Jessamine County Board of Education, withdrew his name from this fall’s race for the fifth-district seat on the board Wednesday, Aug. 11, the day after the deadline for filing. Smith said he filed on the deadline day when no one had filed for the seat and withdrew his name after learning that another candidate — Francis T. “Fran” Settle — had filed after him. He said he was ready to move on after 13 years on the board.
Vice Chairperson Pam Seales will also be stepping down from the board after serving two terms in the fourth-district seat. She cited personal and family reasons as her motivations for leaving the board. The only candidate for Seales’ seat in the Nov. 2 general election is Hallie Bandy.
The new board of education will have the responsibility of selecting a new chairperson and vice chairperson after the members take their seats in January.