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District 52 to be transferred, redrawn in NAACP settlement
Would effectively eliminate local representation for Kershaw County
Settlement Map
Part of a settlement between the NAACP and House leaders, reshapes District 52 into a more Richland County-centric one, splitting it with District 70, also focused in Richland County. District 52 will still retain a smaller portion of the southwest corner of Kershaw County, including Elgin, but with Lugoff, Camden and part of east Camden under District 70. Critics say this would leave Kershaw County without local representation at the state level.
Whoever ends up winning the race for S.C. House District 52, currently held by S.C. State Rep. Vic Dabney, will likely only hold the seat for a single two-year term. Under a settlement revealed Thursday to a lawsuit filed in October 2021 by the S.C. NAACP, Republican leaders in the House have agreed to a “re-redistricting” of sorts that includes transferring District 52 to District 80, currently held by S.C. State Rep. Jermaine L. Johnson Sr.