Columbia City Council’s three seats up for grabs this spring will be filled from a field of nine contenders.
No last-minute candidates stepped forward as filing for the April 3 nonpartisan election closed Thursday at 5 p.m.
To vote, residents must register by March 3. For additional information, contact the Richland County Board of Elections & Voter Registration at (803) 576-2240.
The part-time positions pay $13,350.
The slate for the open citywide seat to replace retiring Councilman Daniel Rickenmann stayed at three:
Joseph Azar, a 60-year-old Five Points businessman and perennial candidate
Cameron Runyan, a 35-year-old financial adviser and back-to-back contender for an at-large seat on the seven-member council
Robert Bolchoz, 48, an attorney and former GOP candidate for SC Attorney General
Councilman Brian DeQuincey Newman, 29 and an attorney, is seeking his first full, four-year term as the city’s District 2 representative. He was elected in 2010 in the largely African-American district to finish the two years remaining on the final term of Councilman E.W. Cromartie, who resigned before serving time on federal tax evasion charges
Newman is being challenged by Nammu Muhammad, 60, who has run for several local posts ranging from Congress to school board. He is a retired electrician and engineering technician and a self-described neighborhood activist
The most crowded field includes four candidates seeking to replace retiring Councilwoman Belinda Gergel in District 3. That district includes some of Columbia’s most well-to-do neighborhoods. The contenders are:
Moe Baddourah, a 48-year-old restaurateur who lost a 2010 race for Richland County Council
Daniel Coble, 25, a law student and son of former mayor Bob Coble
Jenny Isgett, a 34-year-old attorney
Mike Miller, 57, a freelance writer active in Columbia’s music and arts scene