Control of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will hinge on a handful of competitive races Nov. 4 that feature candidates backed by business leaders, others with connections to the school system as well about half who are running for office for the first time.
It’s a more complicated picture than in 2010 when the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and other business leaders pushed for a clean slate, backing newcomers in nine out of 11 races. They supported only one incumbent then, Jill Dyason, who joined the board in 2001 and is its longest-serving member.
This time, many of the business-backed candidates are incumbents, running for re-election to second terms.
Only one of those, David Tatman, the board’s president, learned Friday he will retain his seat for the next term after he drew no opposition during qualifying last week, which ended Friday. His new term starts Jan. 1.
The rest will have opponents, in some cases several of them, enough perhaps to force as many as four runoffs on Dec. 6. In all, 22 candidates will be vying for eight seats.