Incumbent Willie Mitchell, 70, reeled in a solid victory against newcomer Chad Payne for the District 3 seat of the Gainesville City Schools Board of Education.
Who is he: Mitchell is a longtime member of the Board of Education, having served since 1989.
How he reacted: “Obviously it was God’s will and his will has been done. I am extremely grateful to him and all of my voters.”
On the issues: He plans to keep focusing on helping students become more self-sufficient, no matter their socioeconomic background. Mitchell said he will continue supporting The Hub, a one-stop center for student and family resources, workforce development and other tools that guide students to success.What’s next: Mitchell will start his new term for the District 3 seat on Jan. 1.
Gainesville City Schools Board of Education, District 3
Willie Mitchell: 68.6%
Chad Payne: 31.4%