Incumbents get top votes for Richmond County school board

Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 10:03 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 at 10:06 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Two incumbents were re-elected to the Richmond County Board of Education on Tuesday, while one may be headed to a runoff.

Incumbent Venus Cain has represented the District 9 super-district for the past 15 years and now will represent it for another four.

Cain was born and raised in L.A., career Army, a 30-plus year resident of Augusta, and a parent to graduates of the Richmond County School System.

She fought off a challenge by Christopher Mulliens.

With 99% of votes counted, Cain had 18,452 votes, 70%, vs. 7,887, 30%, for Mulliens.

Also keeping his post was District 7 incumbent Charlie Walker, who ran for a second term against newcomer Brittiany Broadwater.

Walker is an Aquinas graduate, UGA graduate, consultant, and current president of Augusta Sports Council, among other achievements.

With 99% of votes counted, he had 4,577 votes, 53%, compared to 4,122, 47%, for Broadwater.

Meanwhile, District 2 incumbent Charlie Hannah may be headed for a runoff against the Rev. Larry Fryer.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Hannah got 2,852 votes vs. 1,954 for Larry Fryer and 948 for Yiet Knight. Since Hannah’s percentage isn’t a decisive 50%, he and Fryer may have to go to a runoff.

Hannah is an Augusta native, Richmond Academy graduate, Augusta Tech graduate, licensed electrician, black belt, and foster father.

Fryer is a Paine College graduate, retired Richmond County educator, a man of faith, and a 30-year resident of Augusta.