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TOWN OF WOODFORD

Write-in winner for Woodford mayor wants festival's return

The small Orangeburg County town of Woodford has chosen a new mayor following Tuesday's election results.

Write-in candidate Akwete Pettus edged out incumbent Sam Anthony for the mayor’s seat. Pettus received nine write-in votes, with Anthony receiving six votes in Tuesday’s election.

The 42-year-old Pettus said she is ready for the challenge.

“I know it's going to be a task. I know it's going to be something new for me. I'm coming into this fairly new, but I'm willing to come into it with eyes open and with an open heart. I'm willing to listen and get the change done that we need. That's just the most important thing. It's about nothing more than that," she said.

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Pettus continued, “We first need to get together to see what issues we are facing in the town. I know that we're going to try to do some type of beautification for the town as far as bringing flowers and certain trees. I know we've had some issues as far as water and sewer is concerned. That's going to definitely be another thing that we look into.”

She said work will also be done to bring the town’s Hummingbird Festival back.

“That will definitely be on the agenda because, one, that will bring revenue to the town. Those funds could be used for a number of things in the community. ... I want to involve everybody, young and old. We want to have things,” Pettus said.

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“Even with the pandemic, people are very appreciative when they know that somebody takes the initiative to make us come together, to have that bond and that family feeling. I love that. I've lived here all my life. My family's here, and people in the community are just like my family,” she said.

Two Woodford Town Council seats were also up for election, with Norbia M. Pough winning one of the seats as a write-in candidate. Daniel Green secured 12 votes to retain his seat on council.

Contact the writer: dgleaton@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5534. Follow "Good News with Gleaton" on Twitter at @DionneTandD

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