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Darlington County: Davis, Lawson, Brewer win

November 8, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington County voters elected a new member of the Darlington County Council and a new school board member, and they returned a longtime probate judge to office in Tuesday’s general election.

Democrat Albert Davis III of Hartsville received almost 80 percent of the votes in defeating Republican Phyllis Griggs of Hartsville in the race for the District 6 county council seat. Both are political newcomers. Incumbent Democrat Mozella “Pennie” Nicholson of Hartsville did not seek re-election.

The District 6 race was the only contested county council race on the ballot.

Darlington County Judge of Probate Marvin Lawson, a Democrat, received 65 percent of the votes and defeated Republican challenger Dylan Crowley.

And in the race for the District 5 seat on the Darlington County Board of Education, first-time candidate Richard Brewer of Darlington defeated one-term incumbent Maureen Thomas of Hartsville by only 11 votes, 953 to 942. A mandatory recount will be conducted in that race on Thursday.

Davis, who will take office in January, works for Young & Young Funeral Home in Hartsville and is a school bus driver for the Darlington County School District.

Griggs is the retired athletic director, former coach and teacher with a 39-year career in education.

“I just want to thank Almighty God,” Davis said. “I want to thank him for letting people get up this morning and go to the polls. I want to thank my opponent Ms. Phyllis Griggs for running such a good race. I want to thank my wife, Whitney, and my son, Jackson, and I want to thank all the people of District 6 for having the confidence in me to elect me as their representative.”

Griggs offered her congratulations to Davis.

“All I can say is I don’t know Albert Davis very well, but I know he comes from a good family and I believe he’s a good man,” Griggs said. “I knew this would be very difficult going in, I understood that. But like I say, I think he’s a good man and I think he’ll be a good man for Darlington County.”

In the race for probate judge, Lawson ran on his record and his 38 years of experience in county government as both clerk of court and the past 24 years as probate judge.

In Darlington County Board of Education District 5, Brewer said he got into the race because he saw areas where he felt change was needed. A chief goal of his, he said, will be to promote and encourage greater parental involvement in the education system.

“I’d like to thank everybody who voted for me and supported me,” Brewer said. “I intend to do the very best I can to serve the people of District 5. And I want to thank Mrs. Thomas for all the hard work she has done on the school board.”

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