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Clemson council incumbents keep seats, welcome new face

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Clemson City Council candidate Lillian Boatwright. Provided/Lillian Boatwright

CLEMSON — City Council will have a fresh face in January after newcomer Lillian Boatwright claimed a victory in the Nov. 8 election.

Separated by only 23 votes, Boatwright had the second-highest number of votes in the general election after incumbent John Fulmer. Incumbent Alesia Smith kept her seat with 1,979 votes. Fulmer ended the night with 2,327 and Boatwright had 2,304.

Smith said she was excited for the energy and fresh perspective Boatwright will bring to the council.

“Just the fact she’s been so engaged and involved in the community is extremely remarkable and I love the fact this is her home,” Smith said. “A lot of what she believes are priorities are also goals and objectives we have as a council.”

For her part, Boatwright was ecstatic to bring a new perspective to council — she’s not a student, retiree or lifelong resident of the city.

“I think we’ve kind of missed the mark in terms of having the voices of younger families, maybe people who are post-grad and don’t have a family yet,” Boatwright said. “I’m a single mom with one child. I’m 29 and it’s a very unique perspective, so I’m excited to be able to share that and help make decisions with that input. I think I kind of fit somewhere in the middle.”

The election results will be certified Nov. 10. Clemson City Council members are all elected at large, meaning voters could vote for three of the five candidates.

Margaret Thompson ended the night with 1,641 votes and Adam Jones collected 998.

Current Councilman Fran McGuire opted not to seek reelection this year.

There were 40,359 ballots cast with roughly a 53 percent voter turnout in Pickens County. The poll clerk at the Central-Clemson Library said there was a steady flow of voters without waiting lines.

Pickens County Council elects first female Democrat

In Pickens County, Democrat Claiborne Linvill defeated Republican Brad White to take the District 1 seat being vacated by Robert Ensley Feemster. Linvill, who unofficially won by 339 votes, will be the county’s first Democrat on council in more than a decade and its sole female when she joins.

She will be its first female Democratic representative.

The District 2 seat went to primary winner Republican Chris Lollis, who ran unopposed and will replace Trey Whitehurst.

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