MANSFIELD -- The faces on the Mansfield City School board will remain unchanged next year. All three incumbents in this year's school board race retained their seats.
Gary Feagin, 65, was first appointed to the board in June 2016. He has been self-employed as a State Farm insurance agent for over 36 years.
Feagin received the most votes with 2,022 ballots cast in his favor, according to final, unofficial vote totals from the Richland County Board of Elections.
“I’m extremely excited to get back to work in 2022 on the goals that we have established for 2022, 2023 and 2024," he said.
“We have an extremely good administration currently in position and we have some phenomenal goals that we would like to meet. All of the goals that I see are for the benefit of the kids and the city of Mansfield.”
Feagin said his primary goals are to pass the district's renewal levy in 2022 and build a new elementary school.
“We're not exactly sure, we’re in negotiations about where we would like to place it," he said.
Linda Golden, 61, ran two years ago to fill an open two-year vacancy. She is a retired educator who spent 17 years as a high school culinary arts instructor, including 13 years at Mansfield Senior High School.
Golden received 1,678 votes.
"I am grateful to the Mansfield community for electing me to serve a second term on the Mansfield City School Board," she said. "I am looking forward to continuing to move the district forward on behalf of our students."
Golden said continued financial stability and successfully passing upcoming levies are her primary goals for the next four years.
"And of course, to see the end of the COVID 19 pandemic and the return of a healthy, safe and secure school environment for our students and staff," she added.
Incumbent Chris Elswick and newcomer Michael Brown both ran as write-in candidates. Elswick was re-elected with 576 votes; Brown received 187 votes.
"I'm very pleased and grateful that the people chose to give me a fourth term," Elswick said. "I appreciate everybody that supported me."
Elswick, 57, named the two upcoming renewal levies and securing a win-win union contract as his primary goals for the next four years.