Wayne Chapman will fill the seat on the Chesterfield County School Board for District 9; the seat held by the late Council Porter for nearly two decades. Chapman edged out his opponent, Rev. Johnnie McLendon, with an unofficial tally of 130 votes in Tuesday’s special election. McLendon unofficially received 93 votes.
“It was a great campaign and a good race,” said McLendon. “We just didn’t have enough voters to come out and vote.” It is especially disappointing, he said, to realize just 223 of 2,600 registered voters actually cast their vote.
“I thank God for the opportunity to serve on the Chesterfield County School Board,” said Chapman. “I thank, also, my challenger for running a good race; and my supporters in District 9.”
Chapman said his goals are “to strive for excellence and to work as a collective body to promote what is in the best interest for all students.”
Chapman will begin his responsibilities on the board almost immediately, as each new member must be reviewed on board policies and other information. He will begin his term with the next board meeting, Dec. 10, at the Palmetto Learning Center in Chesterfield.