Four seats were open and there were five candidates. All precincts were reporting in by 8:40 p.m. The totals are not official until the Board of Election approves them. Provisional ballots will be counted on Wednesday.
The odd man out was incumbent Tom McInnis, the vice chairman of the board who had 5,363 votes, or 18.6 percent. That was just slightly less than Richardson, a former school administrator with 5,639 votes, or 19.5 percent.
The big winner was Aiken, a college administrator at UNC-Pembroke who has a child in the Richmond County school system. She had 6,208 votes, or 21.5 percent. In the number two spot was Ormsby with 20.7 percent. Easterling followed in third place with 19.7 percent and Richardson had 19.5 percent.