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Lexington County swears in two new council members, two who won reelection

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – During their first meeting of the new year, Lexington County took the opportunity to swear in two new county council members, and two who won new terms to the council.

Beth A. Carrigg took the oath of office to represent the people of District 7. Carrigg, a realtor by trade, has previously served as the county’s clerk of court. She represents the people of Irmo and campaigned on revitalization and renewal of several key corridors and neighborhoods in the area. She was joined by family members when she took the oath.

Glen M. Conwell was sworn in to represent the people of District 8. Conwell owns and operates Conwell meats in Richland County which is a family business. He ran on working closely with the other council members to not only benefit his district, but also the county as a whole. He defeated the incumbent Ned Tolar in one of the most contentious races in the county. He had previously served on the school board of Lexington School District Two and lives with his wife near the Lexington Medical Center. District 8 includes West Columbia and parts of Lexington and Oak Grove. It bordered by the Lower Saluda River on one side. He was also joined by his wife, daughters, and other family when he took the oath.

Todd Cullum was sworn in for another term as the representative for District 9. This includes Cayce, Pine Ridge, Dixianna, and continues out into some of the southern county near Gaston. He is an owner of Reeley’s Body Shop in West Columbia and has served several terms before being reelected again in November with no real opposition. He has been the chair of the council in the past and has played key roles during the development of the county’s industrial park system and the expansion of public safety assets. He was joined by his wife and daughter as he took the oath of office.

Larry Brigham also took the oath again after winning reelection. He had two opponents that he faced in the race for sprawling District 2 that covers Batesburg-Leesville, Gilbert, Summit, Samaria, the Ridge area, Hollow Creek, and a part of Fairview. He owns a State Farm insurance agency. Key issues in this race were growth, the granite mine that is slated for the Ridge area of the county, and being responsiveness to his constituents. He was joined by his family as he took the oath.

All will serve four year terms.

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