Republican Mark Pettitt, after losing a tight race four years ago, won the Post 2 seat on the Hall County Board of Education representing South Hall on Election Day, Nov. 6. Pettitt defeated Democratic challenger William Wallace of Braselton.
Hall County Board of Education, Post 2
Mark Pettitt: 77.7%
William Wallace: 22.2%
Who is he: Pettitt has served as chairman of the Hall County Library System Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Hall County Citizen’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Review Committee.
How he reacted: “It’s the honor of a lifetime. I’m just very humbled by the trust of the people of Hall County.” Pettitt congratulated his opponent on a good campaign and said he welcomed more Democrats running for office locally because giving voters choice is an important part of democracy.
On the issues: Pettitt said school safety and security is the No. 1 priority of the Hall County Board of Education and he supports more investments in school resource officers and mental health counseling for students. Pettitt said he also supports school tax exemptions for seniors but that efforts should be made to apply exemptions only to those who legally qualify.
What’s next: Pettitt will begin a four-year term in January.