Elections

Columbia City Council District 4 Q&A: Leona K. Plaugh (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for Columbia City Council District 4. The position is held by Leona K Plaugh, who is facing off against challenger Todd Walter. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Plaugh’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Walter here. Photo courtesy of Leona K. Plaugh Can you share your age, elected office…

Sypolt withdraws from Columbia mayoral race, endorses Benjamin

The race to be Columbia’s next mayor is down to two men after challenger Larry Sypolt withdrew his name from consideration Monday and endorsed incumbent Mayor Steve Benjamin. Larry Sypolt (left) and Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin take questions at Monday’s news conference. (photo by Allen Wallace) Benjamin and City Councilman Moe Baddourah are still in the race. Sypolt’s name will…

City of Columbia Mayor Q&A: Larry Sypolt

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of Columbia. The position is held by Steve Benjamin, who is facing off against challengers Moe Baddourah and Larry Sypolt. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Sypolt’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Benjamin. Baddourah did not return a completed candidate questionnaire. Sypolt withdrew his candidacy Monday afternoon….

City of Columbia Mayor Q&A: Steve Benjamin (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of Columbia. The position is held by Steve Benjamin, who is facing off against challengers Moe Baddourah and Larry Sypolt. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Benjamin’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Sypolt here. Sypolt withdrew his candidacy Monday afternoon. Baddourah did not return a completed candidate…

Town of Chapin Mayor Candidate Q&A: Skip Wilson

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Chapin. The position is held by Stanley Shealy, who is facing off against challenger Skip Wilson. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Wilson’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Shealy here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age: 58 Family:…

Town of Chapin Mayor Candidate Q&A: Stanley Shealy (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Chapin. The position is held by Stanley Shealy, who is facing off against challenger Skip Wilson. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Shealy’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Wilson here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age: 66 Family:…

Chapin Town Council At-Large Candidate Q&A: Leland Teal (incumbent)

Chapin Town Council has two seats up for re-election this year. Three people have filed for the at-large race: current council members Leland Teal and Robert Frick and challenger Gregg White. The election takes place Nov. 5. ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate. Below are answers from Teal. View a completed questionnaire from White here and Frick’s answers…

Chapin Town Council At-Large Candidate Q&A: Gregg White (challenger)

Chapin Town Council has two seats up for re-election this year. Three people have filed for the at-large race: current council members Leland Teal and Robert Frick and challenger Gregg White. The election takes place Nov. 5. ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate. Below are answers from White. View a completed questionnaire from Teal here and Frick’s answers…

Chapin Town Council At-Large Candidate Q&A: Robert Frick (incumbent)

Chapin Town Council has two seats up for re-election this year. Three people have filed for the at-large race: current council members Leland Teal and Robert Frick and challenger Gregg White. The election takes place Nov. 5. ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate. Below are responses from Frick. View a completed questionnaire from White here and Teal’s answers…

Town of Lexington Mayoral Candidate Q&A: Steve MacDougall

Steve MacDougall ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Lexington. The position is held by Randy Halfacre, who is facing opposition from challenger Steve MacDougall, a current Town of Lexington council member. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are MacDougall’s reponses. View a completed questionnaire from Halfacre here. Can you share your…

Town of Lexington Mayoral Candidate Q&A: Randy Halfacre (incumbent)

Randy Halfacre ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Lexington. The position is held by Randy Halfacre, who is facing off against challenger Steve MacDougall. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Halfacre’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from MacDougall here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age:…

Columbia City Council At-Large Q&A: Tommy Burkett

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for city of Columbia council at-large. The position is held by incumbent Tameika Issac Devine, who is facing off against challenger Tommy Burkett. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Burkett’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Devine here. Photo courtesy of Tommy Burkett.  Can you share your age, elected office…

Columbia City Council At-Large Q&A: Tameika Isaac Devine (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for Columbia City Council At-Large. The position is held by incumbent Tameika Isaac Devine, who is facing off against challenger Tommy Burkett. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Devine’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Burkett here. Photo courtesy of Tameika Isaac Devine.  Can you share your age, elected office…

West Columbia City Council District 7 Candidate Q&A: Tommy Parler (incumbent)

Cola Daily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for the West Columbia City Council District 7. The position is held by Tommy Parler, who is facing off against challenger Preston Cantrell. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Parler’s responses. Cantrell declined to complete a candidate questionnaire. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age:…

West Columbia City Council District 3 Candidate Q&A: Casey Jordan Hallman (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for West Columbia City Council District 3. The position is held by Casey Jordan Hallman, who is facing off against challenger Tim Corey. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Hallman’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Corey here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age: 34…

West Columbia City Council District 3 Candidate Q&A: Tim Corey

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for West Columbia City Council District 3. The position is held by Casey Jordan Hallman, who is facing off against challenger Tim Corey. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Corey’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Hallman here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age: 26…

Mayoral candidates focus on Five Points, public safety during USC forum

The University of South Carolina students and residents who attended Monday night’s mayoral forum left with a message from all three candidates: Five Points will be protected. A packed house listens to the three mayoral candidates at a forum hosted by USC. (photo by Kelly Petty) With the recent shooting of USC freshman Martha Childress still fresh on everyone’s minds,…

Columbia voters to decide strong-mayor issue

After 10 days, with the work of four county workers and 12,600 petitions later the city of Columbia got its answer about a controversial ballot question: The special election for the strong-mayor referendum will happen. Set for a tentative date of Dec. 3, Columbia residents will get their chance to change the city’s government to a mayor-council form, something that…

1 early winner declared in West Columbia elections

One candidate for a West Columbia city council seat can begin planning for his next term ahead of the Nov. 5 election. The West Columbia Municipal Election Commission (MEC) declared Boyd J. Jones to be the winner of City Council Seat 5. He was the sole candidate who filed for the race, and no other write-in candidates stated intentions to…

Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen calls ethics allegations ‘desperate’

In a race that’s shaping up to be a bit of a mudslinger, gubernatorial candidate Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen held a brief news conference Thursday afternoon to criticize Gov. Nikki Haley and the state Republican party for filing ethics complaints that eventually were dismissed. Sheheen said Jordan Kay, who worked on Haley’s campaign, filed three complaints to the state…