Scott defeats Pritchett for ROE post

Chelsea McDougall

In an overwhelming victory, Republican Jodi Scott will retain her post as the regional superintendent of schools for Henderson, Mercer and Warren Counties. Scott won the more than 60 percent of the votes in all three counties against her opponent, Democrat Bob Pritchett.

Speaking from her Knoxville home, Scott, who waited for results with her family, was "thrilled" by her win.

"I'm extremely exited," Scott said. "I'm just glad to be able to continue the good things we've started."

In Scott's native Henderson County, she won by a 35 percent margin, or 1,100 votes. In Mercer County she beat Pritchett, 62 percent to his 37 percent. In Warren County, Scott won 62 percent of the votes to Pritchett's 38 percent.

Scott plans to work on collaborative efforts between the school districts and continue projects like the Incoming Freshman Academy, CNA program, truancy prevention and other dual credit programs.

Scott responded to criticism by her opponent that she does not reside in the counties in which she represents. She said that in no way effects her job performance.

"I think that the fact that I'm not part of that region its a falsehood," Scott said, adding she was born in the region, works in the region and owns property in the region.

Scott moved four years ago, prior to doing so made sure she could still legally represent the region.

"It didn't change the way I did my job," Scott said. "Nobody would have known I lived out of the county by the way I did my job."

Scott's term expires in 2010. She was appointed in June 2007 to fill Bill Braden's term.

Scott and husband Tony have two children, Allison, 9 and Andrea, 12.

"They're glad this is over," Scott said, laughing.