UPDATE: Wooten and Green to be in a runoff for SC House District 69
Lexington, SC (Paul) 9:18 p.m. - After the polls closed this evening in the special election for the SC House District 69 race, Chris Wooten and Anne Marie Green will face each other in a runoff election on March 13 to see who will actually fill the seat. Although neither of the two received the 50% needed to take the election outright, both showed they could draw support from the voters of the area that cast ballots today. By 9:17 p.m., most of the ballots had been counted and Wooten had won 42% of the vote with 1408 of the voters giving him their support, while Green got 29% of the votes with 761 ballots cast for her.
The other three candidates stacked up as follows. Attorney Joel Deason received 19% with 628 ballots cast, while Attorney Michael Weaver received 15% of the vote to come in fourth in the polling. He received a total of 495 votes. Alan Ray, a former hairdresser turned entrepreneur received the least amount of support getting 29 votes or .87%.
Both Wooten and Green are well liked candidates. Wooten makes a point of letting everyone know he’s not a politician, never having held public office before. He is a US Marine and a former SC State Trooper. He seems to be very popular in the area for these reasons and has said that the fact that he has run a business in Lexington for many years makes him uniquely qualified to serve and make an impact in the legislature.
The other, Annie Marie Green, is currently serving on the board of trustees of Lexington School District One. She has been active in the schools as a volunteer for many years serving in leadership roles in the PTA and other capacities. She is extremely popular as well with the people whose children attend River Bluff High School and its feeder school.
No matter the winner of the March runoff, there will be another primary for the seat which is scheduled for May 1, 2018. The deadline to register for that election is April 1. The winner of the May primary will then have to run in the general election in November.