Collins in line to claim Lexington County Council post

In other races: County Council members, clerk of court ahead of challengers who petitioned to be on ballot after disqualification in June

tflach@thestate.comNovember 7, 2012 

Kent Collins Lexington County council

  • At a glance Unofficial results of contested races at Tuesday’s election: County Council District 1 Incomplete Jim Kinard* (R) 3,689 Megan Hutto (P) 3,055 District 3 9 of 13 precincts Kent Collins (R) 4,052 Darrell Hudson (P) 2,939 Scott Adams (P) 2,047 Anthony Keisler (P) 802 Wes Howard (P) 560 District 5 Incomplete Bobby Keisler* (R) 5,521 Brian Duncan (P) 2,707 Clerk of Court 86 of 92 precincts Beth Carrigg* (R) 60,125 Joan Waggoner Guy (D) 25,945 Cayce City Council District 1 Incomplete Tara Almond 474 David Diamond 372 District 3 Incomplete Eva Corley 638 A.G. Dantzler 455 * incumbent, (D) Democrat, (R) Republican, (P) Petition

Republican Kent Collins sprinted to an early lead at Tuesday’s ballot in a bid to become a new member of Lexington County Council.

Collins, a lawyer who is a former prosecutor, was in front of the five-candidate field from the start in a district centered in the town of Lexington and areas to its west and north.

In other contests, councilmen Jim Kinard and Bobby Keisler were ahead of challengers, while county clerk of court Beth Carrigg cruised to victory.

Collins declined to claim victory as the tally put him ahead early Wednesday.

“I’m not celebrating yet,” he said. “Everybody worked really hard in this election. People knew they could cross the party line, but so far they are staying with me.”

He is in line to replace Smokey Davis, who retired after 14 years as a councilman.

All three council races were delayed primaries.

Each was created when Republicans disqualified at the June 12 primary election for failure to report personal finances persuaded hundreds of voters to sign petitions restoring the candidates to the ballot Tuesday.

All of the petition candidates campaigned as Republicans, with GOP leaders telling voters it was OK to vote for any of the five.

Reach Flach at (803) 771-8483.

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