Columbia city election field starting to fill out

cleblanc@thestate.comAugust 16, 2013 

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— About a week into the campaign filing period for Columbia’s first fall election, City Council’s senior member has opposition for the first time since his first race, and some announced candidates have yet to enter the race officially.

District 1 representative Sam Davis is being opposed by Bruce A. Trezevant, a 54-year-old funeral director. The last time the four-term councilman faced a challenger was in a crowded 1998 field in which he won his first term.

Mayor Steve Benjamin, who announced his re-election bid last spring, has yet to file for the Nov. 5 race.

Benjamin is inaugurating his campaign office Saturday with an open house on the second floor of the Keenan Building, 1310 Main St., between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

First-term Councilman Moe Baddourah has filed to oppose Benjamin.

But Larry Sypolt, a former Richland County deputy, had not filed for the office at the close of business Friday. Sypolt announced his candidacy early and has been campaigning.

District 4 Councilwoman Leona Plaugh, unopposed so far for a second term, issued her official re-election announcement Thursday.

At-large Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine filed this week for a third term. Announced challenger Tommy Burkett, a North Columbia businessman, had not filed by close of business Friday.

Filing closes at the end of the business day on Friday, Sept. 6.

Anyone elected in November will take office Jan. 1, 2014, and serve a four-year term that ends Dec. 31, 2017.

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