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Bobby Gary wins District 1 special election

Posted: March 31, 2016 4:23 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Democrat Bobby Gary has won the special election for Kershaw County Council District 1.

Gary replaces Willie Mickle, who resigned from council in November 2015 citing issues with state insurance benefits. Gary beat Republican Al Bozard, pulling in 452 votes to Bozard’s 395.

Gary will hold the District 1 seat for the remainder of 2016.

Gary said he was pleased at the turnout and thanked all who supported him. He said he wants to continue the legacy of progress for Kershaw County and will work hard to do that as he fills Mickle’s unexpired term.

Gary said he is interested in a number of issues, but would especially like to see some improvements to some of the county’s infrastructure. For example, he said he would like to see the county develop a website that would give information on road construction, repair, maintenance schedules, and other such information. Gary also said working on the county’s community parks is a priority as well.

"I know I’m not going to be able to get everything done in eight months," he said. "But hopefully, we can get some things accomplished."

Bozard also thanked everyone who supported him and said he looked forward to a busy and robust campaign in November.

"I learned a lot and I got to meet and get to know a lot of good people," he said. "I’ll be ready to hit it hard in the fall."

John Caughman, Director of the Kershaw County Office of Voter Registration, said 858 of 7005 voters, or about 12.5 percent of the voters of District 1, turned out for the special election Tuesday.

"Everything went smoothly," Caughman said. "We have had no problems reported that I am aware of."

There was one emergency ballot cast, but that obviously did not affect the outcome of the election, Caughman said.

Gary and Bozard have both filed to run again in the general election in November; they were the only candidates to file to be on the ballot by the Wednesday filing deadline. Petition candidates could still enter the race; deadline for filing as an independent petition candidate is July 15, Caughman said.

Gary will be sworn in at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Kershaw County Council chambers prior to the council meeting.



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