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Rich Bolen

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Rich Bolen
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Former candidate for
Board member, Lexington School District One, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Rich Bolen was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Lexington One School Board in South Carolina. He was defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Bolen was also a 2012 Republican candidate for District 18 of the South Carolina State Senate.



See also: Lexington School District One elections (2014)


The November 4, 2014, general election in Lexington School District One featured three seats up for election. Incumbents Sandra Backman, Debbie Knight and Brad Pitts triumphed over challengers Rich Bolen and Janet Ballard Frazier for the at-large seats.


Lexington School District One, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Pitts Incumbent 26.9% 18,342
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Backman Incumbent 24.2% 16,488
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Knight Incumbent 21.5% 14,639
     Nonpartisan Janet Ballard Frazier 14.8% 10,089
     Nonpartisan Rich Bolen 12.2% 8,339
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 245
Total Votes 68,142
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 General Election Official Results," accessed December 22, 2014


Candidates were required to file a quarterly finance report with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission for the November general election by October 10, 2014. This report covered the period of July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014. Candidates were also required to file a pre-election report no later than 15 days prior to the election. A final report is due after the campaign has closed. Candidates for local school boards may not accept more than $1,000 from individuals and $5,000 from political parties.[1]


Bolen did not receive any endorsements during the election.


See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Bolen ran in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 18. He lost to incumbent Ronnie Cromer in the Republican primary on June 12. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

South Carolina State Senate District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie Cromer Incumbent 65.8% 7,957
Kara Gormley Meador 16.5% 1,998
Rich Bolen 16.2% 1,964
Alan Hunter 1.5% 182
Total Votes 12,101

About the district

See also: Lexington School District One, South Carolina
Lexington School District One is located in Lexington County, South Carolina
Lexington School District One is located in Lexington County, South Carolina. The county seat of Lexington County is Lexington. Lexington County is home to 262,391 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Lexington School District One was the ninth-largest school district in South Carolina and served 22,990 students.[7]


Lexington County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.9 percent of Lexington County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Lexington County was $53,644 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Lexington County was 12.4 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Lexington County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 80.9 68.3
Black or African American 15.1 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.7 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Lexington County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 34,148 76,662
2008 33,303 74,960
2004 25,393 67,132
2000 22,830 58,095

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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