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New Richmond School Board Taking Shape as Results Come In

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Campaigns signs are on display outside of John B. Cary Elementary School on Election Day. (Photo: David Streever/VPM)

Unofficial election results are starting to show what Richmond’s new school board may look like, although an official vote count won’t be released until Friday.

All incumbents who ran are expected to win their reelection campaigns, except for the 2nd District’s Scott Barlow, who is trailing behind challenger Mariah White. This is White’s third time running for the seat. She ran against Barlow in 2016.

In the race to replace outgoing board member Felicia Cosby in the 6th District, former board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed is leading, but, as of Wednesday afternoon, the race against challengers Lynette Plumber and Timika Vincent is too close to call.

In the 5th District, progressive candidate Stephanie Rizzi is set to win a four-way race for Patrick Sapini’s seat. Sapini did not seek reelection. 

In one of the more closely watched races, incumbent Kenya Gibson is expected to defeat challenger Sabrina Gross for the 3rd district seat. 

Other incumbents who will likely remain on the Richmond school board: Jonathan Young of the 4th District and Dawn Page of the 8th District, plus Liz Doerr of the 1st District and Cheryl Burke of the 7th District, both of whom ran unopposed. 

Also unopposed, newcomer Nicole Jones whose win in the 9th District means she will replace Linda Owens.

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