Jessica Hutcheson, of Social Circle, is one of four people who is vying for the open District 1 seat on Social Circle City Schools Board of Education. This is her first run for political office and she faces challenges from Cassie D. Jones, Tonia Lumpkin and Kimberley B. Donaldson who were the other candidates to qualify for the November Special Elections to fill the seat.
The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the City of Social Circle Community Room at 138 E. Hightower Trail in Social Circle. Advanced voting opens Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at 8.30 a.m. and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. It takes place at the Social Circle City Hall located at 166 N Cherokee Road in Social Circle Georgia during the normal business hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. week days. Anyone not yet register to vote in the General and Special Election for this seat has until close of business on Oct. 10, 2017 to do so. Polls on election day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 138 E. Hightower Trail, Social Circle. Any runoff election, if necessary, will take place on Dec. 5, 2017 at 138 E. Hightower Trail in Social Circle.
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Jessica Hutcheson’s full bio follows.
Jessica Hutcheson has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, an M. Ed. in Administration and Supervision, and is a National Board-Certified Teacher. She taught preschool, kindergarten, and second grade for 10 years at Brushy Creek Elementary School in Greenville, SC where she served on leadership committees and as director of an after school remediation program for 3rd through 5th grades. Jessica was an Instructor for the American Heart Association and taught in her district’s Summer Academy for several years, later using this experience to help train and prepare her own school’s emergency response team.
Jessica moved to Social Circle with her husband Tim in 2014 when he became an agent for State Farm Insurance and decided to open his agency there. At that time she put her career on hold to support him and their growing family – now three young daughters. Jessica got her Property and Casualty Insurance license to assist in the daily operations of the office and has worked with Tim to develop that business. In 2015 she established a licensed home-based baking business known as Candy Cakes, which introduced her to more State rules and regulations than she had ever imagined could be involved with that venture.
Jessica’s heart for Early Childhood Literacy led her to volunteer at the Stanton Memorial Library, where she started and has continued to lead the “Tales for Tots” program for two and a half years. She has served on a committee at Social Circle Primary School; works with the children’s ministry and is actively involved at First Baptist Church of Social Circle, and enjoys assisting Tim in his community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Social Circle.
Jessica says her desire is to do anything she can to help her community grow and thrive. She believes her experience in education and business will be beneficial to her in service as a school board member, setting policy and reviewing budgets to maintain quality academics while keeping school taxes low for Social Circle’s property owners. She welcomes the opportunity to serve and work with the other School Board representatives to make Social Circle Schools the best they can be.