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Two Richland County Council members defeated in primary

It's the third member of the governing body to lose their seat during the primary season.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two more members of Richland County Council have lost their seats following Tuesday's primary runoff elections, continuing the shakeup on council by voters.


District 10 Councilwoman Dalhi Myers and District 7 Councilwoman Gwendolyn Davis Kennedy both were defeated in their runoffs to determine the Democratic nominee for their seats. 

Cheryl English defeated Myers in her contest by a 63-37% margin, while Kennedy lost to Gretchen Barron 72-28%. The runoff was necessary after no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary on June 9. 

English and Kennedy have no filed candidates running against them in November, so they are the presumed winners of the general election as well.

The results mean three council members lost their seat this primary season. Two weeks ago, Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson lost to challenger Derrek Pugh. 

The news wasn't all bad for incumbents. Chip Jackson defeated Jonnieka Farr to retain his seat on District 9. 

In a battle of two newcomers, Overture Walker defeated Hamilton Grant in District 8. Walker will face Republican Gary Dennis in November. The seat became vacant after Councilman Jim Manning decided to retire.