Darrell Black narrowly claimed the second of two available Richland 1 school board seats in Tuesday’s election, while Jamie Shadd eked out a win for Richland 2’s third remaining board seat.
Lila Anna Sauls, the president of the Homeless No More nonprofit and mother of five Richland 1 students, was the top Richland 1 vote-getter for one of a pair of at-large seats. And in Richland 2, newcomer Lindsay Agostini joined incumbent Monica Elkins-Johnson in claiming two of the three available at-large school board seats.
But the races for the final seat in each district were too close to call late Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday.
Black pulled ahead of the next-closest finisher, Avni Gupta-Kagan, by about 2,000 votes. Shadd’s win over fourth-placed candidate Bill McCracken win was decided by fewer than 800 votes.
On the Richland County side of Lexington-Richland 5, controversial school board candidate Kim Murphy’s write-in campaign fell far short of upending Robert Gantt’s victory. Though, more than 1,400 write-in votes were counted.
And in Lexington 4, the final vote tally flipped in one race, as incumbent Doris Simmons claimed a close win that made her the fourth board member re-elected.
93 of 93 precincts. Two at-large winners.
Lila Anna Sauls, 23,104
Darrell Black, 21,073
Avni Gupta-Kagan, 19,377
Otha Dillihay, 11,577
Donna Mack, 10,170
(Germon) Mama G. Miller, 4,669
48 of 48 precincts. Three at-large winners.
Monica Elkins-Johnson (i), 21,265
Lindsay Agostini, 21,239
James “Jamie” Shadd, 11,579
Bill McCracken, 10,811
Shelley Williams, 10,661
Evangelina Hemphill, 8,837
Keith R. Powell, 6,994
Anthony “A.J.” Bracy, 6,033
James Mobley, 5,689
Milton Wright, 4,797
Kay Harvey, 4,324
Henry Counts, 4,267
(i) = incumbent