School Board: Nolte overthrows Fortney; Field returns; Sharpless wins; Miller faces sessions in the runoff

Rick Nolte, who has the backing of Gov. Ron DeSantis and ultra-conservative organizations, ousted term-holder Sara Fortney of the Polk County School Board today in an election that saw the return 20-year school board veteran Kay Fields and newcomer Justin Sharpless win. Incumbent Lisa Miller faces a runoff Nov. 8 with Jill Sessions.

School board members set policy for a huge school district with 116,000 students, 13,000 employees and a $2.2 billion budget.

About 100,000 people voted in each school board race, although 458,210 people are registered to vote in Polk County.

District 3: Nolte wins

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