Two contested Rock Hill city council races now have unofficial winners

With all the precincts reported from Rock Hill’s 2019 municipal election, unofficial results show that Derrick Lindsay has won Ward 1 and Kathy Pender won Ward 2 seats for Rock Hill city council. Incumbent Kevin Sutton ran unopposed for Ward 3.

For Ward 1, 396 votes were cast. Lindsay got about 67% of the vote. Newcomer Antonio Mickel got about 32%.

In Ward 2, there were 407 votes cast, plus one write-in. Pender received about 87% of the vote, while newcomer Keith Dyer got about 13%.

Voter turnout at many of the precincts was less than 10%. The Fewell Park precinct in Ward 2 had the highest turnout with about 14%.

The York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections will meet Thursday to certify the election results. There will be a public ballot hearing at 10 a.m. at the York County elections office, 6 S. Congress Street in York.

Councilwoman Sandra Oborokumo did not run for re-election in Ward 1. Newcomers Lindsay and Mickel campaigned for that seat.

Incumbent Pender and Dyer were seeking the Ward 2 seat.

The city used the new statewide voting system for the first time Tuesday. The Election Systems and Software ExpressVote voting system combines a touch-screen and a paper ballot.

Beth Covington, spokesperson for the York County elections office, said voters responded well to the new system.

Rock Hill voters were first in the state to use the new voting system in a contested election. Aiken County voters used the system first in an uncontested special election on Oct. 1.

“The fact we rolled out a new system..., but it went really smooth,” Covington said. “Voters liked having the new system.”

Ward 1 covers much of the Main Street corridor west of downtown. It includes Main Street’s intersections with Cherry Road and Heckle Boulevard. It starts with the western part of Winthrop University, and runs west along McConnells Highway and south just past the downtown rail line.

Ward 2 includes parts of the Celanese and Cherry roads corridors. It reaches as far north as Mt. Gallant Road near its India Hook Road intersection. The district stretches south to Cherry’s intersection with Charlotte Avenue. It’s bound, generally, by Cherry, India Hook and Mt. Gallant.

Ward 3 runs as far west as Winthrop, and east all the way to the Catawba River. It includes a long stretch of I-77 just south of property where the Carolina Panthers plan to put a new practice facility. Ward 3 includes most of Dave Lyle Boulevard and the Galleria Mall.

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Cailyn Derickson is a city government and politics reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. Cailyn graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has previously worked at The Pilot and The News and Observer.