With 1,554 votes, incumbent Walter Long led balloting Tuesday to win re-election for a second term on Camden City Council. Willard Polk, coming in second with 1,397 votes, gained the seat held by departing Councilman Ned Towell who is stepping down following a failed bid for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Challenger Phyllis Hampton Dye came in third with 1,148 votes.
Months of campaigning had come to an end. John Carl West's term as governor was beginning. The scene was the inaugural ball. It was time for West and his wife Lois' first dance as South Carolina's governor and first lady.