Senate District 20
The district stretches from the Hamptons neighborhoods on the east across Shandon, downtown Columbia, St. Andrews and Irmo, ending in the Dutch Fork area on the northwest.
Whos running: Incumbent Republican John Courson, Democrat Robert Rikard and Green Party candidate Scott West
Whats at stake: Its too tempting for Democrats to pass on a challenge to Courson, the new Senate leader. His popularity among educators, military veterans, University of South Carolina alumni and conservationists has enabled him to withstand previous ouster attempts.
House District 78
The district includes Arcadia Lakes and parts of Forest Acres, Northeast Richland and Fort Jackson
Whos running: Incumbent Republican Joan Brady and Democrat Beth Bernstein
Whats at stake: Its an area that alternately favors Democrats and Republicans. Democrats are pressing to end Bradys eight-year hold by raising a variety of questions about her effectiveness.
Richland 2 school board
The districts schools are in Northeast Richland and Blythewood areas
Whos running: Incumbents: Calvin Chip Jackson and Susan Brill, and challengers: Regina Corley, Monica Elkins, Stevie Johnson, John Chief Propst and Jennifer Richter. The top three vote-getters in the nonpartisan race win seats.
Whats at stake: With two challengers openly questioning the academic trajectory of the district, this could serve as a referendum on Superintendent Katie Brochu.
Tim Flach and Carolyn Click