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Jeremiah Brown

RIDGEVILLE -- The two incumbents held their seats in Tuesday's council election, according to unofficial results.

Nora E. Doctor and Joseph C. Peal were the winners in a three-way race for two seats.

Peal said his main concern was getting a new fire station. The county closed the town's fire station more than three years ago after ruling it unsafe.

Dorchester County has been handling fire protection from a station south of the railroad tracks that run through town. Residents are worried that a train could delay response to an emergency in town north of the tracks.

Doctor, who has been on council for several terms, declined an interview.

Jeff Barrington, a retired federal civil servant, was odd man out in his first run for office.

The turnout was about 12.5 percent of about 500 voters, according to the county election commission.