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There's a new mayor, council member in the City of Sumter

David Merchant won the election runoff against Calvin Hastie by over 1,700 votes.

SUMTER, S.C. — Sumter has a new mayor and a new and a new councilman in Ward 2.

Former city council member David Merchant won the runoff election for mayor with 4,117 votes against Calvin Hastie with 2,283 votes.   

RELATED: New Sumter mayor, councilperson to be decided in runoff Tuesday, Nov. 17

The two were left in the runoff after a six-person race for the seat of retiring Mayor Joe McElveen, who had been the mayor of Sumter for 20 years. 

In Ward Two, James Blassingame took the spot with 635 votes to Talitha Harrison's 355.

Election officials said they were pleased with the turnout. 

The votes will be certified on Friday. 


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