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County Council likely has two new members after Tuesday’s primary.
One will probably be the third woman ever to be elected to County Council. The other is a Sun City Carolina Lakes resident new to the political arena.
District 7 race
Kathy Sistare won the County Council District 7 race, a Democratic primary. She received 421 votes to 357 votes for Wayne Kersey’s 357 votes.
When most of the precincts came in, a shout came up from Sistare’s supporters, who were wearing red campaign shirts in solidarity.
“I’m kind of speechless right now,” Sistare said with a huge smile.
Sistare thanked residents for their support. She said she was happy to learn how interested and knowledgeable they are in county politics.
“Even if I didn’t win, I made the best friends,” Sistare said.
Sistare, a nurse and office manager at Tri-County Palmetto Internal Medicine, said her experience in administration will lend itself well to serving on County Council.
“I don’t have a problem studying a situation, making a decision and standing by it,” she said.
Sistare faces no Republican opposition in November’s general election, which means she’s the likely winner of the seat. Only a successful write-in campaign in November could keep her from winning the seat.
Kersey said it had been a beautiful day, and he had the opportunity to see a lot of old friends while campaigning down to the wire. He said he believed, with the many elderly in the district, that Tuesday’s heat had a big impact on voter turnout.
Kersey said what he enjoyed most while serving on council was “helping people that had always been left out of the system.”
He doesn’t think he’ll be running again for public office.
“I think there’s more important things to do out there, like playing with my grandchildren and watching my cows eat grass,” he said.
Newcomer wins District 1
Sun City resident and Republican Larry McCullough said he felt fantastic after the final totals came in. He won the County Council District 1 race, a Republican contest, with 900 votes to Alan Patterson’s 433.
Incumbent Republican Bryan Vaughn did not run for re-election.
McCullough said he appreciated the voters who came out on such a hot day. He also thanked his campaign team.
“It’s definitely a team effort,” he said.
McCullough has lived in the area for eight years, but moved to Sun City last year. He praised Patterson for running a clean campaign.
“I look forward to serving,” McCullough said. “I met a lot of fantastic people throughout the whole district, great folks with good ideas.”
McCullough will not face a Democratic competitor in November. That means he, too, is the likely winner of the seat.
Patterson, a lifelong Indian Land resident, said it was tough to beat someone from Sun City.
“I knew Sun City was going to be the pivotal point,” Patterson said.
Patterson said he’ll likely run for public office again, and he’ll definitely stay involved in county government.
“My role won’t change much,” he said. “I’ll still be at the County Council meetings. This has made me appreciate the community I’ve lived in. It was a good experience. It just affirmed to me how great my home is.”
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Contact senior reporter Jenny Hartley at email@example.com or (803) 283-1151