Madison School Board candidates

Madison school board candidates Melissa Walker, Adam Porter and Doug Mosier answer questions during a Meet the Candidates night at the middle school.

MADISON -- Madison voters knew even before the election they would reset the school district's board of education with vacancies left board president Jeff Meyer and BOE member John Leudy.

The two newly-elected board members, Melissa Walker and Doug Mosier, are both focused on taking advantage of the opportunity.

"I felt like there wasn't a lot of accountability on the board over the past few years," said Walker, who earned 1,664 votes in Tuesday night's election, according to unofficial totals by the Richland County Board of Elections. "There were a lot of unreturned emails and I spent a lot of time researching board policy and school policy. I found a real passion for it."

Melissa Walker

Melissa Walker

Walker and Mosier topped Adam Porter in the three-candidate race. Mosier earned 1,690 votes while Porter earned 969. A total of 4,323 votes were counted.

Mosier, who has experience as a Madison wrestling coach, added the board of late "seemed like there was disagreement."

Doug Mosier

Doug Mosier

"We need to do what's best for the community, the students and teachers," he said. "I'm looking forward to helping with that and bettering the community."

Walker said she was excited to join the board which also consists of Jane McGuinty, Tim Wigton and Amy Walker.  There is no family connection between the two Walkers on the board.

New members will join the board in January 2020. The date of an organizational meeting will be set in December.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.