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Orangeburg City Council approved the appointment of two members to the city’s Election Commission.

Susan Fields and Janet Bailey were appointed to serve on the commission.

The appointments come in the wake of a change the city made to how candidates file for elected office. Council gave the change third reading on Tuesday.

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The change requires candidates seeking to become mayor or a council member to submit a Statement of Intention of Candidacy. Previously, they had to file a petition.

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City officials said the change will expedite the filing process for potential candidates. In order to appear on the ballot, candidates must also meet other requirements outlined in the ordinance.

Also during the meeting, council approved a motion proclaiming “patience” as the character trait for June 2019.

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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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