Gwen Kennedy, a Democrat, won the District 7 seat on Richland County Council on Tuesday, beating Republican Michael Greene.
And Democrat Jim Manning beat Republican Todd Phillips to hold on to his District 8 seat.
It will be Manning’s third four-year term on council. He previously won in 2008 and 2012.
Those were the only two contested races Tuesday for Richland County Council seats.
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Kennedy takes over for the previous District 7 officeholder Torrey Rush, who gave up his seat to make an unsuccessful bid in last June’s primary against incumbent Sen. John Scott, D-Richland.
This will be Kennedy’s third term on County Council. She last served from 2009-2012, and she previously sat on council from 1990-97.
“I’m going to work very hard to build the trust of the people in my district and to do whatever is needed for this area and for the entire county,” Kennedy said in a statement late Tuesday.
Manning said, “I’ve worked very hard for the constituents of District 8, and I’m grateful for their recognition of that. They’ve shown very clearly they want me to come back to keep doing to hard work for them to make Richland County a place where people want to live, work and play.”
Kennedy’s District 7 is in the north central part of Richland County, sprawling from just north of Columbia to below Blythewood.
Manning’s District 8 is in the central eastern section of the county, running from the northern part of Forest Acres up to Lake Carolina and Long Creek Plantation.
Efforts to reach Manning were not successful.
The 11-member County Council has oversight on what is now an $866.4 million annual budget, which gets the majority of its funds from property taxes and other fees.
Major expenditures by the council this year include $13.3 million for the county recreation commission, $24.6 million for the county library system, $2.1 million for Riverbanks Zoo, $199.4 million for Richland 1 and $137.2 million for Richland 2.
11 of 13 precincts
Gwen Kennedy, D, 6,451
Michael Greene, R, 2,078
18 of 19 precincts
Jim Manning, D (i), 6,241
Todd Phillips, R, 3,046
(i) = incumbent