Ott wins S.C.House District 93 special election
Just one week before Election Day, the S.C. House of Representatives held an early special election Tuesday.
Approximately 2,800 voters turned out to decide who will fill the vacant state House District 93 seat. According to unofficial results from the S.C. State Election Commission, Democrat Russell L. Ott defeated Republican Charles Stoudemire.
Ott received 68 percent of the total vote. District 93 covers portions of Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg counties.
Ott’s father, Harry, resigned from the District 93 seat in June to take a job with the Farm Service Agency.
Ott is a native of St. Matthews and holds degrees from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. He served as a member and state convention delegate for the Calhoun County Democratic Party and as a lobbyist for the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison released the following statement congratulating Russell Ott:
“Russell Ott will be a strong voice in the state legislature working to build relationships across the aisle and deliver common-sense solutions for the people of South Carolina. We are thrilled to have him as the newest democratic Representative in South Carolina to build a record of his own that is just as strong and laudable as his father’s success in improving our state. Russell Ott has brought people together and improved the way state and local government works together throughout his career, and that experience and insight will be invaluable for our state and for his constituents now that he heads to the state legislature.”