Contested Schools Superintendent Race
The joint House-Senate committee examining the unresolved state schools superintendent race held its first formal hearing on Thursday morning. The race between Democrat June Atkinson and Republican Bill Fletcher is the only remaining unresolved statewide election in the nation. Atkinson currently leads Fletcher by 8,534 votes out of more than 3.3 million votes cast last November. The committee heard testimony and evidence and will make a recommendation to the entire General Assembly. Mr. Fletcher said he does not believe the General Assembly should be hearing the case in the first place because the rules approved earlier this year by the Legislature to handled contested elections shouldn't apply retroactively. However, the state constitution clearly gives the Legislature the authority to decide contested council of state races.