Johnson leads Brawley in Richland County House race pitting 2 incumbents | Columbia Politics


COLUMBIA — State Rep. Jermaine Johnson led Rep. Wendy Brawley in a near race for the Democratic nomination in the newly drawn Property District 70 that pitting two incumbents after redistricting.

With 80 per cent of precincts in Richland County reporting results around midnight June 14, Johnson had nearly 51 % of the vote to Brawley’s 47 per cent.

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The winner will encounter Republican Vincent Wilson to signify reduce Richland County in the November typical election. Bridgette Jones Larry was also in the race for the seat but only acquired 2 p.c of the vote.

Brawley has been in office given that 2017, even though Johnson was elected in 2020. The two Hopkins people used significantly of the night mere handfuls of votes apart.

For the duration of the redistricting system, the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature put together Brawley and Johnson’s current districts, pitting the Democrats against each and every other for the key.

Soon after a legal battle, the S.C. Property afterwards agreed to redraw district traces in five counties, when once again splitting Brawley and Johnson into different districts. This adjust, nevertheless, will not acquire effect till the 2024 election.  

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In the northwestern element of the county, Democratic Rep. Chris Hart gained an additional expression symbolizing District 73. He was running in opposition to Touami Satisfaction and acquired in excess of 80 percent of the votes. Hart, who has been in workplace because 2007, will run unopposed November. 

Republican Kizzie Smalls was narrowly beating William Treadway, Jr., just soon after midnight with 75 per cent of precincts reporting. With considerably less than 1 p.c among them, the race will bring about an computerized recount.

The two had been vying for a location on the November ballot in opposition to Democratic incumbent Kambrell Garvin in District 77, symbolizing northeast Richland County and Blythewood. Garvin has served in the House since 2019.

Two Richland County Council seats had been also on the June 14 ballot.

Longtime District 4 County Councilmember Paul Livingston won one more phrase, beating Booker  Tiny with a few-quarters of the votes. District 11 had a near race, with present-day council member Chakisse Newton beating previous council member Norman Jackson, as perfectly as Eva Younger Prioleau, with 46 percent of the votes, to Jackson’s 35 p.c and Prioleau’s 18.

This is not the initially time Newman and Jackson have long gone head-to-head. Jackson served on the County Council for 12 years just before shedding his seat to Newman in 2018. 

Neither winning County Council candidates will deal with opposition in November.

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Four Columbia Democrats ran unopposed for Home seats, which includes Rep. Seth Rose in District 72 Rep. Todd Rutherford in District 74 Rep. Leon Howard in District 76 and Rep. Beth Bernstein in District 78.

Republican Jason Branham was also unopposed in County Council District 1, following longtime council member Monthly bill Malinowski made the decision not to run for reelection. Democratic incumbent Allison Terracio ran unopposed to continue symbolizing District 5.

Democrat Bryan Ford Boroughs and Republican Don Weaver were each and every the only member of their respective parties functioning for County Council District 6, leaving voters to make your mind up amongst them in November.

Arrive at Skylar Laird at (843) 830-1526. Follow her on Twitter @sky_latte_.


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