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Green wins West Columbia special election

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – Mike Green, a local entrepreneur who lives in an area of West Columbia that was just annexed into the city in the summer of 2016, was elected to serve on the West Columbia City Council last night. He will fill the District 1 seat which was vacated by the sudden death of former Mayor Pro-Tem L. Dale Harley in March of this year.

Green is single and is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. He is a self-employed property manager, works in the real estate field, and owns his own business. He lives off Buckeye Drive in the Westgate area of the city. He is a member of Grace Baptist Church in West Columbia.

Although the West Columbia elections are non-partisan, Green has been a staunch conservative for many years. He has worked in the Lexington County Republican party and ran for Register of Deeds in the 2016 races.

Green said right after filing that one of his top priorities was following through with other entities to see the dam on Wilton Road repaired. The dam was blown out during the 2015 floods and it has been in limbo ever since because of questions regarding who actually owns the dam under the SCDOT right-of-way. Residents of the area complain that the Wilton Road detour is not only a nuisance, but the delays it can cause in the response of emergency services is unsafe.

Green defeated the widow of the seat’s former holder, Sandra Harley. She received 97 votes to Green’s 137. A total of 237 votes were cast or just under 13% of the registered voters in the district.

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