One contested race on tap for school board

by | August 16, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:27 am

Voters in the Colleton County School Board’s Fourth District are going to have multiple candidates for whom to vote in the Nov. 10 General Election.
When the statement of candidacy period for the school board races ended on Aug. 10, seven people had filed the necessary paperwork.
Four of the seven are running for the Fourth District seat on school board.
Joining incumbent Fourth District Board Member Darlene Miller of Cottageville on the ballot are Cyndi Roberts, William Bowman and Alroy Headden.
Miller is seeking a return to the board seat to which she was elected four years ago. In capturing that post, Miller defeated Roberts, another Cottageville resident, in a relatively close race in November of 2014.
Bowman, a Walterboro resident, is seeking a return to the Colleton County School Board after two years on the sidelines. He was a member of the school board from 2008-2016. When a redrafting of the school board district boundaries by the state legislature moved Bowman out of the Seventh District, he could not run for re-election.
Headden of Round O is making his first bid for a school board post.
The Fourth District, as it currently stands, will be the only school board seat with a contested race.
Sharon Hazel Witkin of Walterboro is poised to be a new face on the school board from the Third District, as she was the lone candidate to file a statement of candidacy for the post.
Current Third District Board Member Gale Doggette previously announced her resignation as a board member because she would was moving out of the district. She timed her resignation to have the race to fill her unexpired term appear on the General Election ballot, instead of requiring a special election to select someone to serve the two years remaining on her term.
No candidates stepped forward to challenge incumbent Second District Board Member Timothy M. Mabry or incumbent Sixth District Board Member Harry Jenkins. Both men are finishing their initial four-year term on the school board.
The only possibility of Mabry, Jenkins or Witkin facing a contested race is if someone decides to mount a write-in campaign.

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