Three candidates led wire-to-wire in the race for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night.

Riza Jenkins, George Griffin and Mike Sharp, all newcomers to the school board, garnered the most votes out of the six candidates running. Jenkins, the top voter-getter with 12,224, earned 29.6 percent, with Griffin right behind at 29.3 percent and Sharp at 27.4 percent.

Meredith Pruitt, who finished in fourth place with 2,808, earned 6.8 percent of the vote. Ryan Jackson and Tim Sookram finished with 3.4 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.

Jenkins, Griffin and Sharp all received endorsements from INDY Week, the Progressive Democrats, the Campaign for Racial Equity and the Daily Tar Heel. Additionally, Griffin received an individual endorsement from Equality NC. Jenkins received an individual endorsement from the Breakfast Club.

George Griffin

Riza Jenkins

Mike Sharp.

NEXT Chapel Hill-Carrboro also singled out Griffin, Jenkins, and Sharp for praise, though the organization did not make official endorsements in this race.

Pruitt raised substantially more money during her campaign than her opponents, with $19,000 according to the 35-day financial disclosure report.

Griffin, Jenkins and Sharp will each serve on four-year terms. School board member Mary-Ann Wolf chose not to run for re-election, while Joal Broun was not running again after being appointed as a district court judge in Orange and Chatham Counties. Lisa Kaylie, who held the other open seat, was appointed to the school board to finish the term for Amy Fowler, who was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 2020.

Results for all Orange County municipal elections can be found here.


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