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Incumbent Lancer Shull soundly defeats challenge from rogue Councilman Steve Cain

Batesburg-Leesville, SC 11/03/2021 (Paul Kirby) – Popular incumbent Mayor Lancer Shull had no problem defeating Town Councilmember Steve Cain to retain his seat as the mayor of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville, SC. When all the votes were tabulated, Shull had destroyed any chance that the controversial councilman had of unseating him.


In the race, 959 total votes were cast. Of those ballots, 639 or 66.5% were marked for Shull. Cain received just 316 votes or about 33% of the votes cast.


Cain was a longshot candidate who has a record of controversy surrounding him. Prior to Shull becoming mayor, Cain was physically dragged from a council meeting by police at the request of former Mayor Rita Crapps. He’s also been arrested in the past for failure to pay child support. Most recently he was forced to leave an in-town apartment complex by police after causing a scene and using vulgar language that he directed toward that property’s staff.

Shull is a popular mayor that has been an integral part of Batesburg-Leesville’s revival. Under his watch, Leesville’s Main Street has taken on a new life. Batesburg’s business district is now being focused on and a number of new businesses have been built or brought to the western Lexington County town. There are new sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements that have either been recently completed or are taking place now or in the near future. The resident’s quality of life have gone up as the town has helped coordinate many popular community events and functions.


Pictured: Lancer Shull


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