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Incumbent Mark Pettitt fends off challenger in school board primary
SCHOOLS2 Mark Pettitt
Mark Pettitt

Incumbent Mark Pettitt easily fended off challenger Michele Cook in the Republican primary for the post 2 seat on the Hall County Board of Education. Pettitt joined the board in 2018. The post 2 seat represents the southern part of the district but is elected at large. 

Who is he: A resident of Chestnut Mountain, Pettitt is involved in workforce development at University of North Georgia and is a graduate of Hall County Schools. 

How he reacted: “It’s the honor of a lifetime to serve Hall County as a lifelong resident of Hall County,” Pettitt said. “I just love this community, and I’m so thankful to the voters for allowing me to continue serving them.” 

On the issues: Pettitt has said the school system must prepare for growth. On that front, the district recently opened its first new school in 15 years, Cherokee Bluff Middle School, in South Hall County. Pettitt touts the district’s transparency and its commitment to parents’ rights. He has staunchly opposed critical race theory, while noting it is not being taught in Hall County Schools. The school board recently approved a preliminary budget with raises for teachers and other staff. 

What’s next: Pettitt will face Democrat Isabel Martinez Flynn in November.