On Beating Big Money in a School Board Race

Big money in school board races is a growing phenomena. The City Paper has an interesting piece on a Nashville candidate who overcame a funding disadvantage.
As her decisive victory began to crystallize, Amy Frogge picked up her cell phone to hear a reporter ask the obvious question: How were you able to overcome all that money?
Her answer, after finding a place to talk over cheers, was what anyone would say after months of door knocking, candidates’ forums and meet and greets: “Hard work.”
In a Metro school board election cycle that saw unprecedented amounts of dollars flow to candidates — more than $400,000 overall — Frogge knocked off the one with the most: Margaret Dolan, an Ingram Industries executive who used her network of heavyweight support to build a campaign war chest of $113,000, the highest figure ever collected for a Metro school board race.
It was a clear takedown of power brokers.

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