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BOWMAN - Landrum Weathers pulled in the most votes in Tuesday’s special election for a vacant seat on Bowman Town Council.

Weathers, a farmer, will fill the seat left vacant with the passing of Councilman Nathaniel '"Nay" Gaines, who died on Nov. 4, 2017. The term expires in December 2019, Orangeburg County Director of Voter Registration Aurora Smalls said.

Weathers beat out opponent Jeffard Johnson by amassing 107 votes, or 80.45 percent, to Johnson’s 26 votes, or 19.55 percent.

The election results are unofficial until they are certified by the election commission at a meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Bowman Town Hall.

Weathers, a lifelong resident of Bowman, said he wants to see a change in the town. He said Bowman's future is important to him and his family. He will push for economic development, sustainability and improvements to the town's water and sewer infrastructure, Weathers said.

A total of 134 votes were cast Tuesday, or 2040 percent of the town's 657 registered voters.

Breakdown by precinct:

Bowman 1: Weathers, 77; Johnson, 19

Bowman 2: Weathers, 26; Johnson, 5

Absentee: Weathers, 4; Johnson, 2

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5516.


Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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