Crosby heads to House

Bill Crosby will go on to fill the District 117 state House seat after having secured 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday's GOP runoff against Jimmy Hinson, who received 40 percent, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting.

Democrats will not offer any opposition in the November general election.

The House seat, which comprises areas in Berkeley and Charleston counties, is being vacated by GOP state Rep. Tim Scott, who is running in the 1st Congressional District race.

"I feel really happy," said Crosby, who sought the District 117 seat against Scott in 2008. "I ran a very positive campaign and worked really hard."

Crosby, 72, is a retired MeadWestvaco process-control supervisor. Throughout his campaign, he emphasized his experience and community roots.

He served on Berkeley County Council from 1997 to 2008. He also is a former Goose Creek Recreation Department chairman and a former chairman of the Charleston Area Transportation Study Policy Committee.

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Crosby's campaign focused on issues to help small businesses grow, create higher paying jobs and improve the high school graduation rate.

Two weeks ago in the June 8 primary, Crosby received the most votes but fell short of the majority with 48 percent. Hinson, a Fort Dorchester High School math teacher and Berkeley County School Board member, had 28 percent of the vote, and Jermaine Husser, executive director of the Lowcountry Food bank, had 23 percent of the vote.

Reach Almar Flotildes at aflotildes@postandcourier.com or 937-5719.