Election Signals Change on R2 Board

BLYTHEWOOD – The Richland 2 School District will see some significant turnover as a result of Tuesday night’s election, with only one of the three incumbents seeking re-election holding onto his seat.

While results were still unofficial at press time, but with 90 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent James Manning will return to the School Board for another term. Manning was the top vote-getter in a race that rewarded the top four candidates Tuesday night. Manning earned 13,354 votes (15.47 percent), followed by challengers Cheryl Caution-Parker with 11,584 (13.42 percent), Amelia McKie with 10,336 (11.97 percent) and Craig Plank with 10,072 votes (11.67 percent).

Incumbents Melinda Anderson and Barbara R. Specter finished near the bottom of the 12-person race, with Anderson garnering 8,174 votes (9.47 percent) and Specter 6,464 votes (7.49 percent).

Incumbent William R. Flemming Jr., who was first elected to the Board in 1994, did not seek a sixth term.

U.S. Senate

In the statewide race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Tim Scott, Richland County’s District 2 Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson came up short, falling to Scott 725,217 votes (61.75 percent) to 427,966 (36.44 percent).

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