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Silas re-elected as Aiken County Board of Education District 3 rep; Broome to join board members

With 100% of Aiken County precincts reporting in at approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Brian Silas has been re-elected as the Aiken County Board of Education District 3 representative.

“It feels good," Silas said of being re-elected. "I’m pleased that the voters of District 3 have the confidence in me to represent them for another four years ... I’m happy to be re-elected and look forward to another four years of representing not just District 3, but all of Aiken County."

With 100% of precincts reporting in early Wednesday, there were 4,536 votes cast in the board of education election District 3 race out of 116,055 registered voters in Aiken County. With the unofficial election results, incumbent Brian Silas received 2,623 votes (57.8%), Dr. Leona Guyton received 1,016 votes (22.4%) and Dr. Connie Rendleman received 858 votes (18.9%).

District 3 includes an area between Aiken and North Augusta that includes Graniteville and the Midland Valley area, and goes to the border of North Augusta and Beech Island.

Running unopposed were Jim Broome for District 2, Barry Moulton (incumbent) for District 5, Dwight Smith (incumbent) for District 6 and Patrice Rhinehart-Jackson (incumbent) for District 7. The incumbent for District 2, Jason Crane, announced earlier this year we would not be running for re-election.

Broome received 4,124 votes (98.8%). He decided to run because he wants to see more community involvement with the school district.

“It'll be an honor to serve the people and try help affect with change with our public school system,” Broome said.

Moulton, who was elected to his second term, received 4,372 votes (98.6%). He originally ran for the school board because he wanted to help those in education.

Smith, who was elected to his third term on the Aiken County Board of Education, received 3,586 votes (97.7%). He ran for school board the first time because the felt there was work that needed to be done.

“I've very humbled with the people who put the faith in me to do what's right with Aiken County, primarily area 3,” Smith said.

Rhinehart-Jackson was just elected to her second term on the school board. She received 2,094 votes (97.8%) in this election. She decided to run the first time because she wanted to be an advocate for parents, teachers and students.

"I am very humbled and honored to continue in the role of an advocate," Rhinehart-Jackson said.

With all the precincts reporting in, Aiken County had a total of 54,873 votes cast in the 2022 general election.