HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Ken Richardson has won the Republican primary in the race to become the next Horry County School Board chair.
100% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING
- Ken Richardson 3,386 71%
- Janice Morreale 953 20%
- Patricia Milley 414 9%
The votes are set to be certified on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Richardson defeated Patricia Milley and Janice Morreale in Tuesday's race. He has 20 years of experience on the Horry Georgetown Technical College board, and for 16 of those years, he served as chairman.
Richardson had a watch party at the Warehouse restaurant in downtown Conway. After the results came in, he said he expected to see himself in a runoff election. "I had absolutely no idea the margin of victory would be this big," stated Richardson. He added, "I feel like the students won tonight, the students first, then the teachers, parents and the taxpayers."
Richardson commented on his opponents, Patricia Milley and Janice Morreale as well. He said, "Miss Pat Milley, she has some good ideas and her platform just needs to be presented a little differently, but I am going to really look at some of the things she's talked with me about." He continued, "I don't have a bad thing to say about Janice, you know she's still going to be a board member, so we aren't loosing anything. Janice is chairman of technology and she brings a lot to the table."
A big priority for Richardson, if elected is school safety. He said, "I am going to work to put the police officers back in the schools as fast as I can. When I drop my grandsons off or other people drop their children off, I want them to feel like they are in a safe environment."
Richardson explained what's next ahead of the primary in November. "I am going to take a few days off and re group. Then we'll plan our strategy and start going after my Democratic challenger," stated Richardson.
Richardson is set to face Democrat Heather Johnson in the general election on November 6.
Richardson and Johnson are seeking to fill the position vacated by former chairman Joe Defeo following his death on May 3.