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Tifani Moore wins vote for Lexington-Richland 5 board seat race

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:07 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2021 at 7:34 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - An official tally from the Richland County Voter Registration and Elections office shows Tifani Moore as the winner in the vote for Lexington-Richland 5 school board member.

Moore finished with an 804 vote lead over Haley Griggs.

On election night, Moore was leading the vote by 802.

Moore will fill Ed White’s seat. She will serve the remainder of White’s original term and the seat will be up for election again in 2022.

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The special election was called after White resigned in protest over then-Superintendent Christina Melton’s resignation.

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White alleged other members of the board created a “hostile” and “abusive” environment for Melton, forcing her out.

Board Chair Jan Hammond has denied those claims and led an effort to censure White.

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Moore ran on greater transparency from the district and safety measures for children, including mask mandates if necessary.

Moore won a wide majority of the absentee ballots, claiming 93 out of the 118 casts (78.8 percent).

Out of the absentee ballots cast, 54 were in-person while 64 were by mail.

The Lexington-Richland School District Five election certification will be announced this Friday at noon.

This story will be updated.

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