2 incumbents, 2 new faces win state BOE seats

Two incumbents held onto their seats on the state board of education and two new members took open seats, according to unofficial results Tuesday.

District 1

Incumbent Republican Jackie Zeigler held off Democrat challenger Tom Holmes in the south Alabama district. Unofficial results  showed Zeigler with 204,509 votes, or 73.6%, securing her second term in office.

District 3

In central Alabama, long-time Republican board member Stephanie Bell held onto her seat against Democrat Jarralynne Agee. Unofficial results showed Bell with 205,830 votes, 70%. Bell has held the seat since 1995.

District 5

Democrat Tonya Smith Chestnut will take the seat previously held by Ella Bell for more than two decades. Smith Chestnut had 160,334 votes,  62.7%, over Republican Lesa Keith. The district includes a portion of the Black Belt and part of Montgomery. Bell died in November 2019.

District 7

In this northwest Alabama district will be represented by Belinda Palmer McRae, a Republican who was unopposed on Tuesday and received 98.8% of the vote. Incumbent Jeff Newman did not seek reelection.