Richland County voters will return to the ballot box June 28 to settle one seat in the state House and one on County Council.
Ivory Thigpen edged Monica Elkins by 24 votes for the House District 79 seat that was left open when Mia McLeod decided to seek a state Senate seat vacated by the retiring Sen. Joel Lourie, according to unofficial results released Wednesday.
Thigpen, a pastor, received 2,093 to Richland 2 school board member Elkins’ 2,069, county elections director Samuel Selph said. The winner of the runoff in two weeks is unchallenged in the fall election.
Voters in County Council District 10 will return to polls a third time – with a fourth trip facing them in July – to settle who will replace former Councilman Kelvin Washington following his conviction for failure to pay state taxes.
Voters will decide on June 28 whether attorney Dalhi Myers or Bernice Scott should represent them on council for the next four years.
Scott held the seat for 20 years before Washington, her son-in-law, took over.
In a separate, special election vote Tuesday, Myers won a resounding runoff over Scott to fill the remaining six months of Washington’s term that ends Dec. 31.
But the convoluted election process to fill the unexpired term requires voters to return on July 19 in a general election to allow time for the prospect of a write-in candidate for the six remaining months of Washington’s term.
Myers in Tuesday’s special election runoff scored 60 percent of the balloting, or 2,111 votes, to Scott’s 39 percent, or 1,374 votes. The unofficial tally in the runoff was posted Wednesday morning by the Richland County elections office. It was the last contest in which votes were tallied Tuesday night.
Washington was removed from office by the governor after his conviction of failing to pay state income taxes on $426,000 in income for three years.