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One candidate has filed for the Aiken County School Board seat formerly held by longtime board member Rosemary English. 

Patrice Rhinehart-Jackson has filed to represent District 7, said Cynthia Holland, the director of Registration and Elections for Aiken County, via email Thursday. 

Rhinehart-Jackson joins eight other candidates who have filed for two other vacant seats on the School Board. 

A special election for all three seats – representing Districts 7, 8 and 9 – will be Dec. 10.

Filing for the District 8 seat are Kristin Beard, John Bradley, Timothy Govenettio and Bruce Wheelon.

Filing for the District 9 seat are Robert Byrne, Pamela Diaz, Keith Harp and Cameron Nuessle.

Filing for the District 8 and 9 seats closed at noon Thursday .

Tad Barber, who represented District 8, and Ahmed Samaha, who represented District 9, resigned Sept. 5 after the board accepted the resignation of Dr. Sean Alford, the former superintendent of Aiken County Public Schools.

Filing for the District 7 seat, which was held by English, will be open until noon Monday .

English resigned Sept. 13, which was Alford's last day with the district.

The candidates' names will appear on when filing closes, according to Holland.

To qualify as a candidate on the Dec. 10 special election ballot, a candidate must file a petition at the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office in the Aiken County Government Center at 1930 University Parkway, Suite 1200, in Aiken.

Petitions must have a minimum of 50 valid signatures of registered voters from the appropriate district, District 7, 8 or 9.

Petitions for the candidates who have filed have been submitted, but the signatures have not been verified, according to Holland.

News editor Holly Kemp contributed to this article. 

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.