See who won the Williamson County school board primaries

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Outcomes of the first-ever Williamson County Schools Board of Education primary elections flowed in Tuesday night.

No races were contested on the Democratic ballot, meaning just eight candidates who chose to run as Republican in the newly partisan races were up for election in the six even districts this year.

Twenty candidates qualified to run in the overall school board race this year.

In the end, both Republican incumbents — Eric Welch of District 4 and Josh Brown of District 5 — made it through their contested races

Welch, the sole Republican candidate endorsed by nonpartisan PAC Williamson Strong, won after a close call between him and Ali Wallace Adair.

"In the general election, I'm going to keep doing what I've always done: putting the focus on our amazing kids and schools, doing the best I can for them," he later told the Tennessean. "I hope that resonates with our community and they'll see fit to re-elect me for another term."

District 8 candidate Donna Clements was the sole candidate of three Republican school board candidates endorsed by conservative PAC Williamson Families to win a contested race.

"I am honored by the trust the voters placed in me, and I look forward to having the opportunity to serve the families of District 8 on the school board," she said. "As a conservative and experienced educator, I am committed to serving our children and families well, but I will need everyone’s support to be the representative of the collective voice in District 8."

Newcomer Drason Beasley won in the District 12 Republican primary against Williamson Families endorsee Jamie Lima.

“(I'm) grateful to the good people of Williamson County who took the time to get out and vote in this Primary," he wrote in a statement. "Hopeful this win may lead to a seat on the Williamson County School Board in August so I can serve the children and families of this county and help our schools continue to be the very best they can be.”

Who won?

District 4:

Josh Brown (incumbent)

Josh Brown, interim member of the Williamson County Board of Education is formally running for District 4 position as a Republican candidate in the 2022 primary election.
Josh Brown, interim member of the Williamson County Board of Education is formally running for District 4 position as a Republican candidate in the 2022 primary election.

District 8:

Donna O. Clements

Williamson County District 8 board of education candidate Donna Clements (R) was endorsed by local conservative PAC Williamson Families. Clements spoke to audiences at the PAC's kickoff event on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Franklin, Tenn.
Williamson County District 8 board of education candidate Donna Clements (R) was endorsed by local conservative PAC Williamson Families. Clements spoke to audiences at the PAC's kickoff event on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Franklin, Tenn.

District 10:

Eric Welch (incumbent)

Eric Welch is a Williamson County school board candidate.
Eric Welch is a Williamson County school board candidate.

District 12:

Drason Beasley

Drason Beasley has qualified to run as a republican in the 2022 Williamson County Board of Education primary election.
Drason Beasley has qualified to run as a republican in the 2022 Williamson County Board of Education primary election.

Uncontested Republican races

District 2: Dan Cash (incumbent)

District 6: Jay Galbreath (incumbe

Uncontested Democratic races

There were no contested races for Democratic candidates in Tuesday's primary. The following candidates were on the ballot and advanced to the general election:

District 4: Bob Britton

District 10: Jennifer Haile

Independents up for election in August

District 2: Tiffany Eccles

District 4: Del Wright

District 6: Kristi Bidinger

District 8: Ken Chilton

District 10: Doc Holladay

District 12: Nancy Nelson Garrett (incumbent)

Anika Exum is a reporter covering Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network — Tennessee. Reach her at aexum@tennessean.com, 615-347-7313 or on Twitter @aniexum.

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