The election is Nov. 3. Here, a brief look at the candidates.
WEST COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL
Elizabeth Hydrick Deas
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Education: Brookland-Cayce High School; Midlands Technical College degree in secretarial science
Occupation: Program associate with South Carolina Voter Education Project
Elected political experience: None
Current community organizations: Advisory board for USC's Women's Well-being Initiative ; Lakeview Alumni Association
Family: Married, six adult children and three grandchildren
Why I am running: I am seeking the city council seat of District 5 because it is in need of progressive change. I will be the voice that bridges the disconnect between the community and city government. The youth are in need of positive support. I will advocate more youth programs and activities in this community. I will also promote the needs of senior citizens through programs of enrichment.
Occupation: Private detective
Elected political experience: City councilman since 2005
Current community organizations: Lexington County Municipal Association Sugartown-Happytown Homeowners Associations; Lakeview Community Action Group; Lakeview Alumni Association; Boys and Girls Clubs
Family: Divorced, four children
Why I am running: The mayor and council members would like to continue to move forward with the implementation of innovative programs and the upgrading of our utility infrastructure. In 2008, City Council focused its efforts primarily on four areas: citywide beautification, development of a site at State and Meeting streets, increased code enforcement and renovation and expansion of water and sewer systems. I would like to continue my commitment to the productivity and economic growth and development of West Columbia and Lexington County, supporting programs and opportunities that provide a high quality of life.
Uncontested West Columbia City Council races
Incumbents will be re-elected automatically
- District 1: Dale Harley (I)
- District 3: Jack Harmon (I)
- District 7: Tommy Parler (I)