NEWBERRY — A large voter turnout gave the nod Tuesday to a new county councilman and re-elected the treasurer.
Some 16,400 or 73 percent of voters turned out for Tuesday election. Waits of around an hour were reported in Prosperity while other polling places with less voters like Bush River had little to no wait. The longest lines were before voters headed to work and after they got off.
At Mount Bethel-Garmany, there were 60 people in line at 6:40 a.m. while 70 percent of those in Kinards voted.
In the race for County Council District One, Scott Cain, who knocked off incumbent Edgar Baker in the Republican primary, faced Whitmire Mayor Tim Carroll.
Carroll got 1,078 votes for 48.5 percent while Cain got 1,141 votes or 51.5 percent.
Cain said he is looking forward to getting on council and helping the people of Whitmire and Newberry.
A sadden Carroll thanked voters for their vote and that it was good to meet so new people during the campaign.
Cain will take office in January.
In the race for treasurer, Democratic incumbent Karen Lindler got 9,089 votes compared to Jackie Haltiwanger’s 6,846 votes. Lindler won the election by 57 percent.
County Council members Kirksey Koon and Les Hipp, Sheriff Lee Foster, Coroner Craig Newton, Clerk of Court Jackie Bowers, Auditor Donna Lominick and District 40 Representative Walt McLeod all had no opposition. Sen. Ronnie Cromer won his seat back after facing a host of opposition in the Republican primary.