Two Republicans and a Democrat won seats on the York County Council on Tuesday, ending a turbulent election season that saw five incumbents ousted in the primaries.
Republican Eric Winstead edged petition candidate Nancy Cornwell-Daves to claim District 3's seat, representing York, Sharon, Hickory Grove and much of western York County.
Republican Bruce Henderson topped petition candidate Joe Baird to represent Clover, Lake Wylie and surrounding areas.
Democrat William "Bump" Roddey bested Republican Tom Hardin for District 4's southern Rock Hill seat.
The winners will take office Jan. 3, joining incumbents Chad Williams and Curwood Chappell, and GOP newcomers David Bowman and Britt Blackwell, who were uncontested in Tuesday's election after ousting Republicans Paul Lindemann and Buddy Motz in the June primary.
Winstead said running a consistent campaign beginning in March has given him the edge over Cornwell-Daves, who entered the race in August as a petition candidate.
"I've been very consistent about what my views are and what I think I can help with," said the full-time chaplain for Hospice Care of South Carolina, who hopes to set his focus on economic development in the county and his district.
Winstead said he's ready to get to work on economic development, on "bringing in light industrial manufacturing and some business-type parks to provide jobs for the district's residents," he said.
Winstead beat incumbent Joe Cox, an electrician from Sharon and an outspoken critic of government spending, in the June primary runoff.
Kaye Jackson chose Winstead because he "seems like a down-to-earth guy."
Nancy Cornwell-Daves could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Henderson said his "message of economic development" gave him the win over Baird, who serves on the York County planning commission and owns an engineering and surveying company in Clover.
"The constituents that I've talked to, I think they believe and just know that I'm going to do my best to make that happen," said Henderson, an industrial salesman who serves on the Clover Town Council.
"I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, not running with a party affiliation," said Baird, who joined the ticket in August as a petition candidate. "But that's the way I wanted to do it. I wish him the best."
Henderson replaces Tom Smith, who did not seek re-election.
Roddey said knowing "where to energize people" and understanding their concerns led him to his victory over Hardin, the owner of a Rock Hill pest control business.
When he takes office in January, Roddey looks forward to meeting with police "to see what they can do to eliminate some of this crime that's taking place in our backyard. That's something we want to get a handle on if we want to see any kind of resurgence in this district," he said.
Both Hardin and Roddey made a run for the County Council in 2008 against Roy Blake, who first won the seat in 2004. Roddey lost to Blake in the 2008 Democratic primaries, and Blake topped Hardin in the general election.
Hardin said his loss Tuesday came down to "straight party ticket voting."
A Democrat has held the District 4 post for more than a decade.
Voter Tammy Windham chose Roddey because "he's out and speaks with the people. He's there for their issues and he will listen," she said.
Rev. Jacob Chisolm echoed: "Roddey comes from the poor side of town," he said.