Blythewood voters elect 28-year resident in Tuesday balloting

March 12, 2014 

— Eddie Baughman, a 28-year resident of Blythewood, was elected to the town council in a special election Tuesday.

Baughman will finish out the remaining two years of Councilman Roger Hovis’s four-year term.

Baughman, 55, said he retired as a battalion chief with the Columbia Fire Department. In his first run for office, he garnered 64.5 percent of the vote against write-in candidate James Arnold.

He will join the five-member town council March 31, earning $6,000 a year, said interim administrator Jim Meggs.

According to information from the Richland County Elections & Voter Registration Office, just over 6 percent of the town’s 1,534 voters came out to cast ballots in the special election.

Hovis resigned after taking a job with the county sheriff’s department, requiring he give up his seat; continuing to serve on the council would have been dual office holding, Meggs said.

Dawn Hinshaw

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