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Milling wins special election for Richland 1 School Board

The attorney easily took the special election held on New Year's Eve.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jonathan Milling has won an open seat for the at-large position on Richland School District One's Board.

Milling easily topped the other five candidates running in Tuesday's special election, garnering 5,616 votes. That was over 3,000 more than his closest two competitors. That was about 60 percent of all votes cast.

Here are the final numbers:

Jonathan Milling - 5,616

Ashlye Wilkerson - 1,961

Johnny Ray Noble - 1,174

Lady June Cole - 390

Michelle Drayton - 250

Write In - 6

Milling is an attorney with the Milling Law Firm. At a candidate forum last month, he said he wanted to improve technology and safety. He also hopes to increase transparency between the board and Richland One families.  

He is expected to be sworn in at the next school board meeting. 

The election was held on New Year's Eve, which is rare, but does happen in South Carolina. Despite the holiday, voter turnout for the race appeared to be well above average for a special election with just one contest on the ballot. 

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