Richland Councilman Norman Jackson won easy re-election Tuesday in a Lower Richland district divided over new county sewer service.
Don Weaver, a Republican tax activist making his first run, was unable to persuade voters to switch parties in Democrat-leaning District 11.
Jackson said he was pleased, despite a campaign he considered “ugly.”
“I did my job,” he said. “The people know me for what I do.”
After two terms in office, Jackson was able to run on a record of delivering for voters in the rural southeast.
“He was instrumental in the senior center on Garners Ferry, in getting that built,” Thomas Goodwin, 57, said after casting his ballot at the Richland Library Southeast. “He can continue doing good things in the community.”
Ellen Crosby, who voted in Jackson’s home precinct at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, admitted to being “a little prejudiced,” since Jackson lives close by.
“He represents us well,” said Crosby, 70. “Good to have him in the neighborhood.”
Weaver focused on the county’s poorly explained plan to install public sewerage, a proposition that some residents said would be too costly and would threaten rural areas with unwanted growth. But that mostly was a hot button in Hopkins, not part of District 11.
And Weaver’s charges that Richland County was responsible for the 2012 election debacle didn’t seem to stick.
“We knew it was an uphill fight from Day One, but I think I raised a lot of important issues,” Weaver said.
Jackson, 59 and a state highway department engineer, was upset by what he considered unfair charges against him.
District 11 runs from the neighborhoods behind the Dorn VA Medical Center to the McEntire Air National Guard Base.