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Mixed Voting for Midlands Mayors

Mixed Voting for Midlands Mayors

It was an election day of mixed results for some of the better known mayors in the Midlands.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (pictured) won re-election by a two-to-one margin over fellow City Councilman Moe Baddourah.

But there will be a new mayor in Lexington, with Steve MacDougall defeating incumbent Randy Halfacre.

And in Chapin, challenger Skip Wilson squeezed out a victory by 17 votes over incumbent Mayor Stan Shealy, who has held the post for more than three decades.

Three incumbent Columbia City Council candidates easily won re-election – Leona Plough, Tameika Isaac Devine and Sam Davis.

Richland County voters solidly approved borrowing $59-million for improvements to – and expansion of – the county library system.

In Lexington County, Chapin residents gave a thumbs up to Sunday sales of beer and wine in stores, and voters in Lexington's Golden Hills neighborhood approved a road tax increase.

But Pine Ridge residents said “no” to a tax hike for fire hydrants.

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