The Rev. Matthew Watts -- who is leading a community schools project on Charleston's West Side -- has come out in support of Davis, who was close friends with Raglin and has the same passion for vocational education.
Tyree, 50, said at Thursday's meeting that he, too, would focus on vocational and technical opportunities if elected.
"I have a passion and a concern that the vocational and technical portion of education needs to be advanced, especially in West Virginia, seeing that there's lots of opportunities for young people that work in trades and gain technical skills," Tyree said. "And sometimes there's a stigma in some aspects."
White, 34, who heads White Law Offices with his father, Steve, intends to put his two young children through the Kanawha County school system, and said he would focus on the dropout rate and pre-K education if elected to the board.
"I think education is the most important thing we can do in our society because, I mean, without educated people, we're not going to be able to have the jobs that our county needs to thrive," White said. "I want to make sure the school system keeps doing good things."
The person selected will be promised the position only until June 30, with Raglin's seat up for election in May.
Tyree and White said Thursday they intended to run for the position again in May.
The board will vote in a special session Dec. 17 at 11 a.m.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.