South Congaree council race shakes out as expected, write-in was the wildcard
South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) As expected, the two men who filed for the two terms that were up on the South Congaree Town Council have claimed those seats for the next four years. Brian Jackson, who had served before as mayor and was finishing a special term on the council, was elected to a full four-year term with 121 votes. Newcomer Bobby Porter, a successful builder who develops multi-family developments like apartment complexes, took the other and will serve on the council in a full four-year term also after receiving 87 votes. He has never held a public office before.
The unanswered question was that of the seat left open when Jean Wilson resigned before the first of the year. No one had filed to run for that seat, leaving it to be filled by a write-in campaign. That means that anyone who lives within the town’s limits, is legally of age to hold office, and is a registered to vote could have been written in on the ballot in today’s race,and the top vote-getter would be the winner if they chose to be sworn in. According to what I’ve been told, they can refuse the office and then another special election would have to be held at some point in the future.
According to Dean Crepes, the executive director of the Lexington County Voter Registration and Elections Commission, Rodger Spires was the top vote getter of the write-in candidates today. he received 91 write ins. Spires has been a resident of the area for many years and his name had been batted around by some who had followed the elections since filing closed about a month ago. He will serve the remaining two-years of the Jean Wilson term before having to run again. All will be sworn in soon.