Voters in Greenville County overwhelmingly chose to keep their incumbent school board members.
Six school board members were re-elected, with only three of the races contested, and one newcomer from a special election for Area 21, which was vacated by board member Dana Rohleder in August.
Pat Sudduth was re-elected for Area 18 after running against contender Bob Cotter.
Sudduth, a retired social studies teacher, has been on the board for 16 years. He could not be reached for comment.
Lynda Leventis-Wells fended off contender Rob Kendrick to keep her seat for Area 22.
Leventis-Wells, retired executive director of the Carolinas Institute for Community Policing, has been on the board for 12 years.
“It makes me feel validated that people believe in me, and that they know they can contact me any time,” Leventis-Wells said. “It just shows that I care, I’m all about our students, their education, their future, and will assist any way possible.”
Lisa Wells, who works in civil engineering, also maintained her seat on the board after facing off against contender Darryl Imperati.
Wells has represented Area 28 on the board for eight years.
“When I first ran for school board eight years ago, my only agenda was to make a difference for my community and public education,” Wells said via email. “I am honored that my community recognized the consistent and persistent leadership I have provided and the improvements that have resulted. [I’m] looking forward to continuing as an advocate.”
Roy Chamlee received the most votes after facing off against Lafonda Mika Dillard in a special election for Area 21.
Chamlee, who is retired from Michelin’s government affairs department, said he had not been elected to a position until now.
“It feels challenging and exciting and hopeful,” Chamlee said. “It was a new experience for me, but it was one that has been really rewarding, and I’m really looking forward to putting my best efforts into it.”
Board members Chuck Saylors, Derek Lewis, and Roger Meek ran unopposed.
The results were certified by the Greenville County Election Commission on Nov. 9.