Three new faces will join the Richland 1 and Richland 2 school boards and a Richland County seat on the Lexington-Richland 5 school board.
Winning the at-large seat on the Richland 1 school board, which serves schools across Columbia and Lower Richland, is newcomer Yolanda Anderson. With the win, Anderson ousts incumbent Dwayne Smiling, who was one of three candidates competing for the at-large seat.
Anderson joins incumbents Aaron Bishop and Beatrice King, who were re-elected in uncontested races in their districts for the Richland 1 board.
In tight race for four seats in Richland 2, where all seats are elected at-large, incumbents Amelia McKie (the current board chairwoman), James Manning and Cheryl Caution Parker won re-election. Parker edged out fellow incumbent Craig Plank, who looked likely to lose his bid for a second term on the board.
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McKie, Manning and Parker are joined by newcomer Teresa Jones Holmes, who was the third-place vote getter.
Richland 2 covers much of the east and northeast areas of the county.
In a narrowly decided race for a pair of Richland County seats on the Lexington-Richland 5 board, which includes the northwest corner of Richland County, newcomer Nikki Gardner and incumbent Ed White claimed victory. Incumbent Larry Haltiwanger lost his re-election bid.
Richland 1 school board, at-large
One seat open
- Yolanda Anderson 20,488
- Jackie Barker 17,205
- Dwayne Smiling (I) 8,267
(93 of 93 precincts reporting)
Richland 2 school board, at-large
Four seats open
- Teresa Jones Holmes 20,398
- James Manning (I) 21,740
- Amelia McKie (I) 26,033
- James Mobley 12,123
- Cheryl Caution Parker (I) 19,182
- Craig Plank (I) 17,313
- Darrel President Sr. 11,037
(48 of 48 precincts reporting)
Lexington-Richland 5 school board, at-large
Two seats open
- Nikki Gardner 8,066
- Larry Haltiwanger (I) 5,694
- Jeff Herring 5,325
- Ed White (I) 6,109
(23 of 23 precincts reporting)