Incumbent unseated, but West Columbia city council solidified after election
West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – The elections that were held on Tuesday in the City of West Columbia only acted to solidify the city’s leadership. The mayor and council have been working well together since Mayor Bobby Horton won his seat several years ago, and there were no obvious wild cards in play during this election that would seem bent on derailing the progress of making the city into the gateway to Lexington County. In short, everyone seemed to agree that the city was on the right track and although each had their own ideas on how to tweak the issues, increase the planning, and solve some of the very few nagging problems hanging around, no candidates advocated radical changes that would cause any major infighting. In the end, one incumbent seems to have been unseated, but the council still seems solid.
In Council District One, Mike Green won the seat with 114 votes. He had previously won the seat during a special election last spring after his predecessor passed away in office. Because that was a special election, he had to run at the end of the predecessor’s term again. His opponent Pete Fisher pulled 97 votes while Virginia McGrady received 28.
In Council Districts Three, Casey Jordan Hallman ran unopposed.
In Council District Five, incumbent Boyd Jones faced challengers Marland Hardy Mitchell, and Mickey Pringle. Mitchell won that seat with 76 votes while Pringle took second with 71. The incumbent Jones was unseated. He received 28 votes in that race to come in third.
In Council District Seven, the race to replace Councilman Tommy Parler, a retired city fire captain, pitted three newcomers against each other. In that race, Erin Porter won the seat with 151 votes. Leslie Efron Platt was second having received 101 votes while Richard Walker came in third with 71.
Now it’s time for this council to roll up their sleeves and get to work. West Columbia seems to be growing by the moment, and except for a few disagreements about that growth and the rank smell that sometimes emanates from the chicken plant, the city’s biggest employer, there’s lots of good, and very little bad things happening in West Columbia.
These numbers have not been certified.