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Florence One Schools trustee Artie Buxton faces two challengers
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Florence One Schools trustee Artie Buxton faces two challengers

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FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence One Schools board member Artie Buxton will face at least two challengers to retain his seat on the school board. 

South Carolina Election Commission filing records indicate that Kimrey-Ann Haughn and Gary Leo Lynch have filed to run for the seat that represents a V-shaped area in west Florence. 

Haughn said she filed to promote the school district in the community. She said the board hasn't had an advocate in the community that could act like a cheerleader for the positive changes the district was trying to make. Haughn also said she felt the board needed more of a perspective of someone with children in the district and from a female. 

She works as the administrator of the McLeod Child Development Center. 

Lynch said he wants to be a voice for the kids.

I want the children to know and the teachers to know that people are listening," he said. "So that we can leave a better future for the next few generations."

He works at Walgreens. 

Buxton has not yet filed but said Wednesday that he plans to do so before the deadline at noon on Aug. 14. 

He was elected to the seat in a 2018 special election after the resignation of Glenn Odom. Buxton received 67.07 percent of the votes to defeat Steven Kim.

As of Wednesday afternoon, incumbents Barry Townsend in Seat 1, John Galloway in Seat 2, Elder Alexis Pipkins Sr. in Seat 4 and S. Porter Stewart II in Seat 7 have also filed. They are currently unchallenged.  

Incumbent Rutha Frieson has filed for Seat 4A on the Florence Three board. 

The state elections website does not list any filings for Seats 2, 5 or 7A on the Florence Three board, Seats 3 and 6 on the Florence Five board or Districts 2, 4 or 5 on the Lake City City Council. However, all of these maintain filing locations in the districts, so these filings could all be listed shortly after noon on Aug. 14. 

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Government and Politics Reporter

I cover the city of Florence, the county of Florence, the state legislative delegation of Florence County and surrounding areas, and the federal delegation representing the Pee Dee for the Morning News.

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