UPDATED: PRIMARY 2018: Guy, Parnell, McDaniel, Ligon win. Vaughn and Melvin headed to runoff

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By Travis Jenkins

Knocking on doors wasn’t a problem for Mike Vaughn…but getting to the doors might have been a little bit of a struggle.

“I’ve been campaigning hard,” he said. “At first I was making a lot of phone calls because I had my knee replaced. But I’ve out knocking doors for the past few weeks.”

Vaughn (167 votes and 48 percent) nearly won the Chester County Council District 2 seat outright but came up just short of the 50-percent-plus-one needed to avoid a runoff. He will face second-place finisher Chris Melvin (120 votes and 34 percent) in two weeks. With no Republican having filed for the seat, the winner of the primary runoff will win the District 2 seat. 

NOTE: Originally, election officials believed there were 10 votes in a Fort Lawn machine that had failed to be counted because of a battery failure. On Wednesday morning they discovered that number was actually 44. A runoff is still required and scheduled for June 26th.

Both Vaughn and Melvin finished ahead of longtime incumbent Archie Lucas, who earned 58 votes.

There will be no change in District 5, where multi-term incumbent Mary Guy won another term in office in defeating challenger Tammy Williams 370 to 161. Guy thanked God and her supporters for having the confidence in her to represent them. She believes that housing and developing an impact fee schedule will be big issues the council will tackle in upcoming months.

In the Republican Primary for the vacant S.C. House District 43 seat, Randy Ligon won over Joe Tate in a race that remained close all night. In Chester County, Ligon edged Tate 917 to 872. In the district, which includes part of York County, Ligon was able to expand his lead a bit, winning 1,475 to 1,090. He will face Tom Hawk, a York County Democrat, in the November General Election. Greg Delleney, who has held the seat since 1991, announced in March that he would not seek reelection.

Ligon said in an email statement, “I am humbled by the support our campaign received from across District 43. Voters made their voices heard for more jobs and prosperity in Chester and York Counties. I’ll go to Columbia and fight for our citizens each and every day.”

Tate said, “I am thankful for the outpouring of support I received from across the district and here in Chester. Even though unsuccessful, I am proud of our community and look forward to continuing to find ways to make Chester a better place to live, work and raise a family.

“I congratulate Randy Ligon, and he has my wholehearted support in November,” he said.

MaryGail Douglas, who has held the House District 41 seat for three terms, was defeated in the Democratic Primary by Annie McDaniel 490-294 in Chester County and 2,480 to 1,896 in the district (which includes all of Fairfield County and a small portion of Richland). McDaniel, a member of the Fairfield County School Board, had sought the seat previously but lost to Douglas in a runoff in 2012. She will face an independent candidate in November and stands to be the first African-American to represent Chester County in the state legislature.