ROCKINGHAM —In a crowded field of candidates, voters went for two new faces on the school board along with two familiar ones.
On Tuesday night, newcomer Bobbie Sue Ormsby dominated in a race with seven people vying for four seats on the Richmond County Schools Board of Education. Pamela Easterling was the only incumbent to lose her seat.
Of the 17,670 ballots counted, Ormsby won 17.7 percent with 3,124 votes and a full percentage point lead over her nearest rival, according to unofficial returns.
“I'm humbled.” Ormsby said, “I am very humbled, but I am ready to start working for the students and teachers of Richmond County Schools. I'm overwhelmed, but I am excited.”
Incumbent Joe Richardson followed Ormsby, winning 16.7 percent of the votes for a total of 2,957.
“I had a whole lot of folks that worked hard for me,” Richardson said. “They did all the work. I'm going to continue to work for students first, and for teachers. I don't believe teachers have been treated right and I will work with the other board members to correct that. I am humbled by the support of my family and all the people who voted for me.”
Don Greene, also new to the board, took 15.4 percent — 2,718 of the votes.
“I would just like to thank everyone for their votes and support,” Greene said. “And I will represent the students and teachers of Richmond County the best that I can.”
Incumbent Irene Aiken hung on to her seat with 2,467 votes, a clean 14 percent. Aiken was not available for comment at press time.
This year's election brought newcomers to the race as seven contenders vied for four available seats on the school board. In the weeks leading up to election day, all candidates were invited to interviews at the Daily Journal to share their positions on issues facing the school system.
Results for the remaining three candidates: T.K. Thrower 2,377; Pamela Easterling, 2,341; and Dewey Brower 1,648