It's been an unprecedented election season for Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District board of education candidates.
Their races were partisan for the first time, meaning candidates were running as either Republicans, Democrats or independents for the districts' two governing and policy-making bodies.
Candidates in six of Williamson County's evenly numbered districts were up for election in the general election on Aug. 4, including four incumbents and 10 newcomers.
Republicans won in all six districts, including District 12, where incumbent and board chair Nancy Garrett lost her seat. She ran as an independent.
Williamson County Election Results: Who won school board seats for Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District, and more.
"We knew it was going to be a tough race," District 6 winner Jay Galbreath said. "I'm just ready to put politics aside and go back and focus on the kids."
Galbreath and two fellow incumbents ran as Republicans and kept their seats.
In District 8, Republican newcomer Donna Clements took the open seat.
Here are the winning candidates as results flowed in from polls across the county:
Dan Cash (R, incumbent)
About: Dan Cash has been on the WCS board of education since 2014. This will be his third term as a board member. The former General Motors pipe fitter has eight grandchildren who attended WCS.
Josh Brown (R, incumbent)
About: Josh Brown was appointed to the board in 2021 as an interim member after former member Brad Fiscus moved out of state. The lifelong Williamson County resident is a vice president of state government relations at Pfizer and has three children attending WCS.
Jay Galbreath (R, incumbent)
About: Jay Galbreath is a lifelong Williamson County Resident and father of five current and former WCS students. This will be his third term on the board. The certified public accountant is the co-founder of a Franklin-based health care technology and analytics company.
Donna Clements (R)
About: Newcomer Donna Clements, a former Nashville area educator, is a mother of four with a "cumulative 17 years at Williamson County Schools," she said. Clements was also a former organizer and leader of Keep Williamson County Livable, an advocacy group that formed ahead of the release of the Williamson County 2040 Comprehensive Land Use Plan, according to a news release.
The incumbent did not run for reelection in this district.
Eric Welch (R, incumbent)
About: Eric Welch was elected to the school board in 2010 and served until 2014. He was re-appointed in 2017 and re-elected in 2018. The fourth-generation U.S. Army and National Guard veteran is a parent of two WCS and Franklin Special School District graduates.
Drason Beasley (R)
About: Drason Beasley is the only newcomer to win over his incumbent opponent. He is a director of Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center and is also the president and co-founder of Banebow Inc., a nonprofit offering counseling services to those who have lost a child. His three children attend WCS.
Anika Exum is a reporter covering Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today Network — Tennessee. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-347-7313 or on Twitter @aniexum.
To stay updated on Williamson County news, sign up for our newsletter.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Williamson County TN school board election: Republicans take all seats