Everything old could be new again on Richland County Council, as two former council members have a chance to return to their seats in January. A current council member, meanwhile, appears to have lost her seat.
Former councilwoman Gwen Kennedy won the Democratic nomination for the District 7 seat she last held in 2012, while 28-year council veteran Bernice Scott appeared headed for a runoff election June 28 for the District 10 seat representing the majority of Lower Richland.
Freshman Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon won’t continue to represent District 9 after being comfortably defeated by Calvin “Chip” Jackson, a Richland 1 school board member.
Five Richland County Council seats were up for election in Tuesday’s Democratic primaries. More than a third of council members will be fresh faces come January.
After an eight-year hiatus during which her son-in-law, Kelvin Washington, represented District 10, a runoff stands between Scott and the seat she formerly held for 28 years. She will face attorney Dalhi Myers in a repeat of a separate special runoff election that also took place Tuesday. Myers bested Scott in Tuesday’s general primary among a field of five candidates, but no candidate received more than half the votes, forcing a runoff.
In a unique voting situation, District 10 voters cast separate ballots on the same day for the general primary and the special runoff between Scott and Myers. The special election was forced after Gov. Nikki Haley removed Washington from office for failing to file state income tax returns for three years.
The results of the District 10 special runoff were still being tallied as of press time Tuesday night.
Kennedy has a chance to succeed District 7 Councilman Torrey Rush, the council’s current chairman who opted not to seek re-election in favor of challenging state Sen. John Scott. Kennedy previously sat on council from 1990-97 and from 2009-12. After comfortably defeating former Blythewood Mayor Keith Bailey in the Democratic primary, she’ll face Republican Michael Greene on the November ballot.
Yvonne McBride won the District 3 seat currently held by her nephew, Damon Jeter, who did not run for re-election. The state Department of Education retiree bested political consultant Michael D’Amelio and former law enforcement officer Bruce Trezevant.
Of the contested Democratic primaries, the only current council member to survive the voting was District 8 representative Jim Manning, who easily beat challenger Wayne Gilbert. He’ll face Republican Todd Phillips on the November ballot.
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Unofficial results in the Democratic primary election Tuesday for Richland County Council
20 of 20 precincts reporting
Yvonne McBride: 2,336 votes
Bruce Trezevant: 1,054 votes
Michael D’Amelio: 596 votes
13 of 13 precincts reporting
Gwen Kennedy: 2,438 votes
Keith Bailey: 1,602 votes
19 of 19 precincts reporting
Jim Manning (incumbent): 2,321 votes
Wayne Gilbert: 1,566 votes
16 of 16 precincts reporting
Calvin “Chip” Jackson: 2,027 votes
Julie-Ann Dixon (incumbent): 1,340 votes
District 10 general primary
15 of 15 precincts reporting
Dalhi Myers: 1,645 votes
Bernice Scott: 1,313 votes
Helen Taylor Bradley: 540 votes
Mary Kirkland Jackson: 83 votes
Jerome Marvin Miller: 62 votes
(Myers and Scott will be in a June 28 runoff)
District 10 special election runoff
Dalhi Myers and Bernice Scott. Results pending.
Votes had not been tallied at press time.