Gambrell wins Batesburg-Leesville run-off for District Two seat
Batesburg-Leesville, SC (Paul Kirby) – Olin Gambrell, III won the run-off election for Batesburg-Leesville’s town Council District Two’s seat yesterday. Of the total votes that were cast, Gambrell received 52 while his opponent Tripp Williamson garnered 31.
Gambrell is very experienced in government. He has been involved in it for many years in career leadership roles in several South Carolina towns. At one of the most contentious periods in the history of Batesburg-Leesville, the time when the two towns were made into one, Gambrell was in the position of the town’s manager. He worked through all of the problems associated with the consolidation including merging codes and ordinances, business license fees, the melding the two fire departments into one, and figuring out how to form the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department from two separate departments. He was responsible for helping to make it into the one that the town is so proud of today.
Recently on The Lexington Ledger’s LIVE morning program Good Morning Lexington County, Gambrell said that he was a deal maker that would work with the rest of the council to ensure the council got things done. He said that he knew how to work through even the toughest of problems, was experienced in telling departments and their heads no when necessary, and felt one of his strong points was that he was fair and open to listening to the people. He also knew the importance of budgeting and planning for the future.
Tripp Williamson, the young man that he defeated, is an IT manager for a large construction company in Lexington. He was born and raised in the Batesburg-Leesville area and his father fought fire with the B&L Fire Department for many years. He went to school in District Three before attending Midlands Technical College.
Williamson got married last spring and this was his first foray into politics. Williamson said recently that he had a lot to offer and didn’t feel as if this was an end, rather the beginning of an opportunity to serve in the future.