Board Vacancy Filled without Election

RIDGEWAY (Jan. 1, 2016) – There will be no special election next month to fill the District 1 School Board seat left vacant by the Nov. 18 death of Andrea Harrison.

Filing for the election opened on Dec. 4, with the final deadline for write-in candidates at noon Dec. 29. When that deadline passed, only one person – Sylvia Harrison – had filed.

According to the Fairfield County Voter Registration Office, the outcome will be certified on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. Sylvia Harrison (formerly Sylvia Waters) will then be eligible to take office on Jan. 11, just in time for the Board’s first meeting of the year on Jan. 19.

Sylvia Harrison, 48, of 250 W. Church St., Ridgeway, is the owner of Sylvia’s Designs Unlimited on Congress Street in Winnsboro, and has been involved for many years as the head of Sylvia’s Foundation, raising scholarship money for local students.

“I’ve been involved for a long time,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to help, to give back to my community. I don’t know all the challenges yet, but as far as I can see (the district) is moving forward pretty good. I want to be a positive on the Board and help move the District forward.”

Andrea Harrison was 45 when she lost her long-running battle with breast cancer last November. She was first elected in 2010 and won her second term in 2014. Pending certification, Sylvia Harrison will complete that term.