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Karitsa Mosley Jones officially announced her reelection campaign for the District 5 Hamilton County school board seat Tuesday.

Karitsa Mosley Jones has officially announced her re-election bid for the District 5 seat on the Hamilton County Board of Education.

The incumbent, Mosley Jones has held the seat since 2014. She faces one opponent, long-time community member and activist Ann Pierre, for the seat.

"Our children are our most precious asset, and we must continue to invest in their progress," Mosley Jones said in a statement Tuesday. "Our entire community is stronger when we improve our schools."

Mosley Jones currently serves as vice chairwoman of the board; she also served as vice chairwoman in 2016 and 2017.

According to a news release, Mosley Jones voted in favor of the school budget that led to increased funding from the Hamilton County Commission and has supported pushes for increased classroom funding, local control of the Opportunity Zone schools, and a more transparent school board process.

"As Vice-Chair, I have seen what happens when we make repairs and improvements at schools like Woodmore Elementary, Brainerd High and Hillcrest Elementary," Mosley Jones said in the statement. "That's why I have made sure that our funding is used for school facilities, supplies and curriculum enhancements, not buyouts."

Since serving on the school board, she has earned the 2017 Tennessee School Board Association Level 1 Boardsmanship Award and a spot in the 2015 Harvard Young American Leaders class.

On Tuesday, Mosley Jones faced Pierre in the final of a series of school board candidate debates hosted by UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0, at Dalewood Middle School.

The nonpartisan school board is elected during the general election on Aug. 2.

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