Charleston City Council candidates Keith Waring and Aubry Alexander took large early leads in their respective races.

In District 7, Waring was commanding a roughly 6-to-1 lead over opponent Robert O’Brien, with about a third of precincts reporting. Waring and O’Brien are competing for the open seat that Waring’s father, Louis has held since 1994.

In District 9, incumbent Aubry Alexander was leading challenger Bob Aubin by a margin of roughly 4.5-to-1 in unofficial results.

Districts 7 and 9 are in West Ashley.