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Leland Teal files to run for Chapin town council; Orr-Svoboda withdraws from race

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) Former Chapin town council member Leland Teal has filed to run for council again. Teal did so at the eleventh-hour Monday before the filing window closed at noon. He was set to face Wendie Orr-Svoboda in the September 11th race to fill the one seat left open when former councilmember Preston Baines resigned in June. After seeing that Teal had filed, Orr-Svoboda officially withdrew Monday afternoon. This according to Dean Crepes, director of Lexington County Elections.

Teal is a life-long resident of Chapin and a graduate of Chapin High School. He has been married to his wife Carol for over 39 years and the pair have two married daughters. They also have a number of grandchildren. He retired after 38-years of working for the State of South Carolina. He was first elected to the Chapin Town Council in 1981 and has served as Mayor Pro Tem in the past.

Teal's entire family have been sports legends in Chapin their entire lives. His father and siblings have all been coaches in various sports both recreationally and professionally as teachers. Several Teals have even brought state championships home to Chapin. Leland Teal himself went to Newberry College on a sports scholarship where he earned his degree. "Coach Teal" is a name that is well-known and could be regularly heard and associated with Teal's father, his brothers Bart and Gene, or himself on fields, diamonds, and courts across the state.

Over the years, Teal coached girls’ fast pitch softball and American Legion baseball. He has also chaired the Chapin Labor Day Festival and has been a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran church council. As is evident, he has made serving others a key role in his life for decades.

Now that Teal is unopposed, it appears as if an election will still take place. This will be so that if there were any write-in candidates, people would have an opportunity to cast those ballots. Having a write-in win against Leland Teal would be very unlikely. Until September 11th, the town will continue to function with just its four sitting councilmembers and Mayor David Knight.

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