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Runoff today for Columbia council seat

Jul 26, 2010 11:59:00 PM - thestate.com
Voters in District 2 will choose their next Columbia City Council representative today in a runoff election between two men from established political families.

Brian DeQuincey Newman and Harold “Puff” Howard survived a crowded special election July 13 to advance to today’s runoff.

Newman, a 27-year-old attorney, received 386 votes to 318 for Howard, a 53-year-old owner of a garage and towing service.

Turnout was dismally low in the July 13 election, with less than 10 percent of registered voters casting ballots. That could have been due in part to voter fatigue. After the mayoral election and runoff in April, and the state party primary election and runoff in June, as well as the special election earlier this month, today’s runoff election marks the sixth time in four months District 2 voters will be casting ballots.

Today’s polling caps the on-again, off-again District 2 council race, to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman E.W. Cromartie.

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