Elections

Richland County voters approve $59 million library bond referendum

Richland County voters overwhelmingly approved a $59 million bond referendum to increase the Richland Library budget for future renovations and repairs. Library employees and other referendum supporters watch the results come in Tuesday night at Thirsty Fellow. (photo by Allen Wallace) “This has been such an affirming process to go through. People were so kind,” said Melanie Huggins, executive director…

Know before you go: Election Day 2013

Elections commence Tuesday in Lexington and Richland counties. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. For consideration on the ballots are several mayoral and city council seats in both counties. Photo courtesy of S.C. State Elections Commission. Voters also are to decide on two referendums — the library bond referendum for all Richland County residents and a special…

Town of Springdale Mayor Candidate Q&A: Michael Bishop

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for the mayor of the Town of Springdale. The position is currently held by Pat Smith, who is facing off against challenger Michael Bishop. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Bishop’s answers to the questions. Read Smith’s responses here. Can you share your age, family and professional background history? Age:…

Town of Springdale Mayor Candidate Q&A: Pat Smith (incumbent)

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for the mayor of the Town of Springdale. The position is currently held by Pat Smith, who is facing off against challenger Michael Bishop. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Smith’s answers to the questions. View a completed questionnaire from Bishop here. Can you share your age, family and professional…

Columbia City Council District 1 Q&A: Bruce Trezevant

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for city of Columbia council district one. The position is held by Sam Davis, who is facing off against challenger Bruce Trezevant. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Trezevant’s responses. Davis did not complete a questionnaire. Photo courtesy of Bruce Trezevant. Can you share your age, elected office and professional…

West Columbia City Council District 4 Candidate Q&A: Bobby George

Bobby George Five people are in the running for the vacant seat on West Columbia City Council. District 4 Councilmember Abby Bray died in May, and four candidates — Luane Brickhouse, Bobby George, Marsha Moore and Ann Thornley — filed to run for the unexpired term. A write-in candidate, Tem Miles, later entered the race. The election takes place Nov. 5….

West Columbia City Council District 4 Candidate Q&A: Ann Thornley

Ann Thornley Five people are in the running for the vacant seat on West Columbia City Council. District 4 Councilmember Abby Bray died in May, and four candidates — Luane Brickhouse, Bobby George, Marsha Moore and Ann Thornley — filed to run for the unexpired term. A write-in candidate, Tem Miles, later entered the race. The election takes place Nov. 5….

West Columbia City Council District 4 Candidate Q&A: Luane Brickhouse

Five people are in the running for the vacant seat on West Columbia City Council. District 4 Councilmember Abby Bray died in May, and four candidates — Luane Brickhouse, Bobby George, Marsha Moore and Ann Thornley — filed to run for the unexpired term. A write-in candidate, Tem Miles, later entered the race. The election takes place Nov. 5. The term…

Voter guide for Richland and Lexington counties

Tuesday is Election Day, and residents in Richland and Lexington counties have a few items on their ballots, as well as some changes, to keep in mind when heading to the polls. With recent changes in state voter identification laws, voters need to bring acceptable identification to the polls. Voters arriving to the polls without identification will be required to…

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. Russell Ott (photo provided) 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…

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Candidate Q&A: Bob Hall

Bob Hall and wife, Rose ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. The position is held by Jim Wiszowaty, but he decided not to run for re-election. Current Council Members Steve Cain and Rita Crapps filed for the seat along with town resident Bob Hall. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below…

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Candidate Q&A: Rita Crapps

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for mayor of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. The position is held by Jim Wiszowaty, but he decided not to run for re-election. Current Council Members Steve Cain and Rita Crapps filed for the seat along with town resident Bob Hall. The election takes place Nov. 5. Below are Crapp’s responses. View a…

Town of Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Candidate Q&A: Stephen Cain

ColaDaily sent an identical questionnaire to each candidate for the mayor of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. The position is held by Jim Wiszowaty, but he decided not to run for re-election. Current council members Stephen Cain and Rita Crapps filed for the seat along with Bob Hall. The election takes place Nov. 5. Read Crapps’ responses here. A completed questionnaire…

Columbia City Council District 4 Q&A: Todd Walter

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 Walter’s responses. View a completed questionnaire from Plaugh here. Photo courtesy of Todd Walter Can you share your age, elected office and…

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…