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With a strong show of unity, Lexington County Council elects new leadership

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Council came together in a strong show of unity at their Tuesday afternoon meeting to make a change in their leadership. Councilman Scott Whetstone of District One was elected to the position of chairman of the council, and Larry Brigham of District Two was re-elected to serve as vice chair. These positions have been historically held for two years; however Councilmember Debbie Summers, who had held the chair just one year, stepped aside to make way for the change.

Whetstone was elected in 2016 to serve the people of the Pelion, Gaston, Swansea, Sandy Run, and parts of Edmund and Fairview. He is the outside plant manager for Comporium Midlands. He defeated former Councilman Jim Kinard to take the seat when he originally was elected on a platform of change and more respect and services for the people of the most rural areas of the county.

Larry Brigham was re-elected in November of 2018 to represent the citizens of Gilbert, Summit, Batesburg-Leesville, the western edge of Lake Murray, and parts of Fairview. He had been serving in the position of vice chairman already. He owns a State Farm insurance agency in Batesburg-Leesville. His re-election was one of the most contested, but he won easily holding off two challengers in the June 2018 primary.

Both of the men elected abstained when it was time to vote for themselves, otherwise the council was united in voting unanimously for the new leadership.

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