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McNeil elected board chair

  • 8 November 2018
  • Author: Dan McNiel
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McNeil elected board chair

Forty-five percent of the registered voters in Marlboro voted in Tuesday's election.
Of the 17,491 registered voters, 7,917 ballots were cast.
Larry McNeil was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for the chairman seat for the Marlboro County Board of Education. McNeil received 3,630 votes (52.34 percent) while Robert Goff had 2,416 (34.83 percent) and Michael Toms, 856 votes (12.34 percent)
In School Board District 2 incumbent Janice Bright defeated Rev. Artemus Woods Jr. with 476 votes (55.41 percent) to 380 (44.24 percent).
Incumbent Jackie Branch in District 3 had 486 votes (44.92 percent) to challenger Yolonda G. DuPree 482 votes (44.55 percent). A decision for a runoff between the two candidates cannot be made until Friday when the results are certified. If a runoff is needed, it will be held on Nov. 20.  Scott Thompson received 110 (10.17 percent).
District 5 Incumbent Barbara Ohanesian was defeated by challenger Rev. James E. Smith. Smith had 514 votes (61.12 percent) while Ohanesian had 324 (38.53 percent).
District 7 incumbent Danny Driggers defeated Deborah Peterkin with 439 votes (52.39) to 393 (46.90 percent).
Katherine Manville won District 8 with 473 votes (60.56 percent) and write-in candidate Earlean Hall had 308 votes (39.44 percent).
Joseph Hunsucker and Beverly O' Neal were elected to the Soil and Water District Commission.
The county general obligation bond for Marlboro County School District passed with 5,352 votes (70.32 percent). There were 2,259 (29.68 percent) who voted no.
County Sunday alcohol sales passed with 3,994 (52.45 percent) yes votes while there were 3,621 (47.55 percent) no votes.
And 475 people (69.24 percent) voted to discontinue the Carters Branch - Muddy Creek Watershed District. There were 211 (30.76 percent) no votes.
A statewide constitutional amendment on the ballot for whether the state's superintendent of education is appointed by the governor rather than elected was defeated with 890,805 no votes (60.01 percent) to 593,513 yes votes (39.99 percent).
Blenheim Mayor Robert L. Brock was reelected along with council members Freddy Brock, Toma Dees, John Nolan Sr. and Carl Freeman.
Candidates with no opposition include Marlboro County Probate Judge Mark Heath, Deborah Weldon, county auditor, Jason K. Steen, County Council District 1, Corrie Hicks Plato, District 4; Steve Blackmon, District 7; and Anthony Woods, District 8.

Statewide Races
Incumbent State House Representatives Patricia Moore Henegan (District 54) and Jackie E. Hayes (District 55 ) were unopposed.
District 7 U.S. House of Representatives member Tom Rice defeated Robert Williams 134,132 (59.64 percent) to 90,478 (40.23 percent).
In Marlboro County, James Smith and Lt. Governor candidate Mandy Powers Norrell received 4,592 votes (59.14 percent) to Governor Henry McMaster and Lt. Governor Pamela Evette 3,166 (40.77). Statewide, McMaster won.
Attorney General Alan Wilson defeated Constance Anastopoulo.
Secretary of State Mark Hammond defeated Melvin T. Whittenburg.
State Treasurer Curtis Loftis defeated Rosalyn L. Glenn.
State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom both were re-elected without opposition.
Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers defeated Chris Nelums and David Edmond.
All results are unofficial until they are certified on Friday.

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