Two long-serving Orangeburg County school board trustees will not be running for re-election in the Nov. 5 election. Also, several incumbents who have filed for re-election are being faced by challengers for their seats.
Filing for school board seats opened Aug. 1 in Room 201 at the Orangeburg County Election Commission office in the County Administrative Centre on Amelia Street. Deadline for filing was noon on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Here’s a list of the school board seats and the trustees whose terms are expiring:
* District Three (Holly Hill, Elloree, Santee, Eutawville, Vance and Santee): Seat 1 (Robert Lee Williams III); Seat 3 (Catherine Shuler); Seat 5 (Beatrice Swett) and Seat 7 (Betty C. Shuler).
vDistrict Four (Cope, Cordova, Branchville, Neeses, Norway and Springfield): Seat 1 (Joseph P. Garvin); Seat 3 (Ray Jameson); Seat 5 (Aaron Rudd) and Seat 7 (William O’Quinn).
* District Five (Orangeburg, Bowman and North): Seat 1 (Susan Cade Gleaton); Seat 5 (Vernon Stephens) and two at-large seats (the Rev. Nathaniel McMillan and Julius Page).
In OCSD 3, Swett, Betty C. Shuler and Catherine Shuler have all filed for re-election. Catherine Shuler is being challenged by James E. Courtney Jr. for Seat 3. Barbara Butler is running for Seat 1. Williams, who has been on the school board for 22 years, did not run for re-election to Seat 1.
Legislation introduced in 1997 by Sen. John Matthews, D-Bowman, combined Orangeburg Five, Bowman Two and North Six to form Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5. Edisto Four, Branchville Eight and Springfield One became Consolidated 4. Holly Hill Three and Elloree Seven united to become Consolidated 3.
Williams said he began his tenure as a board member in Elloree Seven and has been on the consolidated District 3 board since its inception. He said he is leaving the school board to pursue other interests.
“I wanted to pursue other business interests,” Williams said, adding, however, that he will miss “working with the kids” and the camaraderie he shared with his fellow board members. He said he also enjoyed working with the district’s faculty and staff members.
In OCSD 4, Rudd, O’Quinn and Garvin have filed for re-election to their seats. Rudd is being challenged by Stacie Conyers Fulton for Seat 5.
Jameson, who has been on the school board for 30 years, did not seek re-election to Seat 3. Ted Randall Carrigg and Michael Allen Coats are running for Seat 3.
OCSD 4 Board Clerk Kay Barr said Jameson’s first term was in 1983 as a member of the Edisto Four school board before consolidation. He had been on the Consolidated School District 4 Board since its inception, she said.
Each of the incumbents in OCSD 5 have filed for re-election to their seats. Stephens is being challenged by Trudy Patrick Stevenson for Seat 5. Gleaton is being challenged by George A. Robinson and Wilma T. Truewell for Seat 1.
A six-way race is also under way in OCSD 5 between incumbents McMillan and Page and challengers Idella W. Carson, Dr. Gloria D. Winkler, Dr. Kalu Kalu and Dr. Albertha Sistrunk-Krakue. The top two vote-getters will win seats on the board.
The district school board elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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