Springfield Public Schools Board of Education candidate Landon McCarter speaks at a forum sponsored by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce on March 23, 2023. (Photo by Jym Wilson)

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There will be no recount for a Springfield school board candidate who was less than half a percentage point away from winning one of three seats. 

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said Landon McCarter, a candidate for the Springfield Board of Education, turned down the opportunity for a recount of the April 2 results. 

McCarter finished in fourth place for a race where the top three candidates won seats. He received 10,986 votes, or 15.14% of the total, according to complete but unofficial election results. Incumbent Maryam Mohammadkhani finished in third with 11,306 votes, or 15.58% 

Because the two finished within half a percentage point of each other, McCarter had the right to request a recount before the certification process was completed, Schoeller said. But as of the afternoon of April 3, McCarter turned that opportunity down. 

Challenger Susan Provance and incumbent Danielle Kincaid won the other two seats in the election. Others seeking seats include incumbent Scott Crise and challengers Kyler Sherman-Wilkins and Chad Rollins. 

This was McCarter's second unsuccessful run for a school board seat. He finished third by 274 votes in the 2023 contest for two seats.

The Hauxeda has reached out to McCarter for comment, and will update this report if received. After results were announced late Tuesday night, McCarter wrote on his Facebook page that he was grateful that his campaign helped to raise awareness of behavior and discipline issues. 

“As far as the leadership of the board, my prayer is that the board will make a way for discipline and behavior to get on the agenda,” he wrote. “I hope I was able to bring some awareness to the discipline and behavior epidemic we currently have. I have no idea why Springfield wants more of the same, but God gives us the leaders we deserve.”

The district is in the first year of rolling out a new system for tracking behavior, as part of a 15-step plan outlined by Superintendent Grenita Lathan. Over the last year, board members have heard at least two updates about behavior from administration members, and have talked several times about the issue. 

If McCarter were to challenge results and be successful in a recount, the result would not change a likely power balance on the board. While they ran separate campaigns, McCarter and Mohammadkhani’s campaign signs were often placed together around the city. The two earned endorsements from the conservative Back on Track America PAC and the Springfield NEA union that represents most SPS teachers. 


Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or jhadsall@hauxeda.com. More by Joe Hadsall