There will be no contested races for Fayette County Board of Education seats in this fall's general election, but some other board races around the area could be hard-fought.
That includes school board races in Scott County, where residents have hammered the current board over school construction decisions, and where one board incumbent recently was charged with misdemeanor sexual harassment.
Hot school board contests also could be shaping up in Clark County, where incumbents will face challenges from candidates associated with a citizens group that recently has criticized the board over the firing of a high school football coach and other concerns.
Tuesday was the deadline for filing for school board races.
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No one filed to challenge any of the incumbents seeking re-election to the Fayette County School Board, so all three will be returning to office.
They are board chairman John Price, who represents District 3; board vice-chair Melissa Bacon, representing District 1; and Daryl Love, who represents District 5. Love was appointed to the board in late 2010 to fill an unexpired term, and now will be serving a full four-year term.
A flurry of late candidate filings will provide opposition for all three incumbents on the Scott County Board of Education in November.
Veteran Scott board member Luther Mason, who represents District 3, will face six challengers. Mason, 85, was charged in a complaint last week with sexually harassing a woman who lives in his rental property. He has denied the charges.
Opposing Mason are Harold Jessie, Darlene Rains, Greg Earlywine, David Pore, Karen Cropper and Jennifer Holbert.
Holbert has been active in a citizens group that protested the Scott County School Board's decision to build a new elementary school rather than a new high school, which some residents think is needed more.
Jo Anna Fryman, another person who has been active in advocating for a new high school for Scott County, filed to oppose incumbent Phyllis Young in District 2. Incumbent Haley Conway will be opposed by Janyce Seaborn in District 1.
Candidates associated with Stand Up Clark County, a citizens group that has been criticizing the current Clark County Board of Education, have filed for all three seats up for election there.
Ashley Ritchie is running against incumbent Deanna Wolfe in District 5, while Michael McGowan will oppose incumbent Debbie Fatkin in District 3.
Newcomers Steve Graves and Beth Griffith are running to represent District 2. William Swope, the incumbent in District 2, did not seek re-election.
Graves, Ritchie and McGowan have been active in Stand Up Clark County.
Every incumbent on the Madison Board of Education is facing opposition.
Incumbent John Lackey will be opposed by Kathie Bettler in District 1, while incumbent Becky Coyle will face Jimmy Allen, Greg Mayo, Bill Phillips and Jerry Goble in District 2. Mary Renfro is challenging incumbent Christopher Hager in District 4, while Robert Stephens and Debbie Secchio will try to unseat incumbent Beth Brock in District 5.