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Only One County Council Seat To Be Decided Nov. 4
Published:
9/24/2014 4:15:54 PM


Councilwoman Anna Johnson
 
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Charleston County Council Nov. 4 races almost may seem lackluster. Only one of the five seats up for election are contested.

Five incumbents are seeking to represent their districts four more years - Herb Sass in Dist. 1, Dickie Schweers in Dist. 2, Teddie Pryor in Dist. 5 and Joe Qualey in Dist. 9. Only Anna Johnson in Dist. 8 is opposed. The Democrat will face Republican challenger Thomas Legare in the Nov. 4 general election.

Johnson and Legare will square off in a repeat of the 2010 election in which Johnson emerged the winner by some 1,500 votes. She expects another close election, but says she again plans to emerge as the winner to earn a second term in office.

Johnson won the seat vacated by Curtis Inabinett Sr. who did not seek re-election to the seat created when Charleston County Council’s first single member district representatives were elected in November 2004.

Johnson said then it was important that the majority minority seat created after the U.S. Justice Department ordered single member district voting for county council be filled by a minority. She won her general election bid against Legare after a hard fought primary election among five candidates.

As the minority candidate offering for the office, Johnson thinks she’s better able to convey the concerns of minority constituents in the district to council, but she emphasizes her capacity to serve isn’t based solely on her race. She’s committed to representing all constituents of the district. Especially the undeserved.

Johnson said Monday she is unsure why she’s the only council incumbent with opposition, but she wants to continue working for quality of life issues that confront her constituents in the vast rural district that encompasses much of the Charleston area sea islands. Road infrastructure is paramount, she said. Constituents in Dist. 8 continues to be ignored by local government, Johnson said.
 

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