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Jerry Govan

Rep. Jerry Govan won the June 12 Democratic primary. He will face Republican Chester Palmer in November.

S.C. Rep. Jerry Govan easily won the Democratic primary for his House 95 seat on Tuesday.

After spending time on the long campaign trail, including several forums, Govan defeated Kevin Ray and Gene Gartman Jr.

“To God be the glory,” Govan said as he realized that he won the primary.

“This was an election, this particular primary election was one that we had a lot of great people out there, supporters, people who really worked … for the cause,” Govan said.

Govan received 2,812 votes, giving him 68 percent of the vote. Ray received 1,104 votes and Gartman 219.

Govan thanked his supporters and those who voted for him.

“I’m so deeply humbled and appreciative of the effort that was put in,” Govan said. “We’re just thankful.”

Govan, who has represented District 95 for 25 years, described the district as unique and diverse. Govan said he was appreciative of his supporters in the district.

“We thank them for their faith and confidence in us, and we look forward to serving them to the very best of our abilities in the future,” Govan said.

“We just want to do well by the people that we’ve been so privileged to serve over the years,” Govan stated.

Govan will face Republican Chester Palmer in November. Palmer faced no primary opposition on Tuesday.

Govan realizes that he has another election of ahead of him, but said he wanted to first focus on his victory in the primary.

“Let me savor this one in terms of the primary,” Govan said.

Govan noted that he will not change his platform for the Nov. 6 election.

“I don’t see my approach being any different. I’m going to run on my record of service,” Govan said. “I don’t expect to make any changes in my platform and what I stand for, and who I am.”

Govan said he will continue his efforts to serve the people.

“We’re going to work hard for the people and continue doing so, and try to stand up for what’s right, not what’s necessarily popular,” he said.

Gartman said he enjoyed competing against Govan and congratulated Govan on his win. He also thanked his supporters.

“It was a good run,” Gartman said. “I enjoyed the forums.”

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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