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Deloris Frazier, left, is congratulated by County Councilwoman Ray Wannamaker Sabalis on Tuesday. Frazier defeated Sabalis in the Democratic primary.

Orangeburg County Democrats decided Tuesday to nominate a retired educator for county council and a longtime county auditor's office employee for auditor.

Deloris Frazier won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the Orangeburg County Council District 6 seat, beating Ray Wannamaker Sabalis. Sabalis has served in the seat since December 2017, after winning a special election.

Frazier received 1,110 votes, or 62.57 percent, to Sabalis’ 664 votes, or 37.43 percent.

"All I want to say is thank God," Frazier said after her victory. "I am happy to be a servant leader for the community and for the county of Orangeburg."

"As I said in the beginning: Select me and let me be your mouthpiece," Frazier said. "I want to be able to speak for everybody and do some things and to get some things done here in Orangeburg."

Frazier faces no Republican opponent in November.

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Frazier said over the next six months she will seek to learn more about what needs to be done in the county.

"I would like to have roundtable discussions," she said. “There is a lot that needs to be done. I would like to see if I can address those issues."

Sabalis expressed her appreciation for those who voted for her and who had confidence in her.

"I have enjoyed the service for the last six months," Sabalis said. "I wish Deloris Frazier the best."

Sabalis said for the next six months, she will continue her service to the Orangeburg community and to the constituents of District 6.

The race was a rematch of the last year's special election for the seat once held by Clyde Livingston, who died in office.

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Sabalis went on to defeat Frazier at that time and win the special election, taking office in December 2017.

The new term begins Jan. 1, 2019.

Audrey Asbury won the Democratic primary for the auditor’s office, where she has worked for 17 years. Retiring Auditor Roger Cleckley endorsed her.

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Asbury received 5,578 votes, or 59.23 percent, over Anthony "Duke" Hallmon, who received 2,619 votes or 27.81 percent, and Vickie Amaker Haynes, who received 1,220 votes or 12.96 percent of the vote.

Asbury will not be facing a Republican challenger in the November general election.

“The people of Orangeburg County have spoken and I’m excited," Asbury said. "I’m excited to be a part of the change and transformation of Orangeburg County.

“I’m humbled and honored to be next auditor of Orangeburg County. I have big shoes to fill from Mr. Cleckley.”

During the campaign, Asbury said she planned to modernize the office, making it easier and more efficient for county residents to pay taxes.

Asbury also said she will make sure she has an open-door policy for county residents so they can discuss whatever issues concern them.

Of the 60,838 registered voters in Orangeburg County, about 12,301 cast their ballots for a voter turnout of 20.22 percent.

"With every election you are going to have some issues, but the problems we did have were resolved," Orangeburg County Director of Voter Registration and Elections Aurora Smalls said. "Everybody got to vote. If there were any issues, we worked on them individually."

In the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, Orangeburg County voters gave Sean Carrigan 495 votes. Annabelle Robertson received 420 votes and Phil Black received 387 votes.

District 2 also includes Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington and Richland counties.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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