Williamsburg-James City County School Board heard from roughly 20 speakers about filling the empty Powhatan-JCC seat.
Both candidates and their supporters spoke during a public hearing to discuss the seat vacated by Joe Fuentes, who resigned from the board in January.
Lisa Ownby spoke on her own behalf, and had several supporters come in and speak about her strong work ethic and other credentials.
"I feel strongly compelled to serve and would be honored to serve with you," Ownby told the board. She has four children, three still in W-JCC Schools and one student who graduated from the division.
Nine supporters, friends and fellow PTA members who worked with Ownby gave their support.
Lisa Lucas said about Ownby, "I'm proud to be her friend, and I hope you'll consider her to be part of the school board."
Candidate Frank Abbott touted his experience with developing strategic plans as well as his support and knowledge of vocational programs for students not pursuing a college track.
Another candidate, Jillian Dalton, also had more than five people speak on her behalf, describing how she worked with struggling pre-schools and turned them around as well as her commitment to projects she accepts.
Dalton graduated from Williamsburg-James City County Schools and said she would be a good fit for the board.
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