Fleming-McGhaney retains District 5 seat on Sumter County Council


The race for the Sumter County Council District 5 seat remains with the incumbent, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, after she defeated Kenny Rose during the primary election on Tuesday.

McGhaney won the Democratic primary outright with 61.19% and 1,318 votes over Rose, who had 38.81% and 836 votes.

She does not face opposition from another party in November.

“I’m relieved that it’s over, that’s for sure,” McGhaney said. “I’m really grateful to all the voters in District 5 for their vote of confidence in me. Their concerns are my concerns.”

McGhaney has been in office since 2002, finishing an expired term. She was re-elected for the District 5 seat in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Being a Sumter County resident her whole life, she said understands the needs of her community and will continue to represent the people of District 5.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to serve. It’s really rewarding,” McGhaney said. “What’s important are the needs of the people, and that’s what I will continue to always work on.”

Results reported by the S.C. Election Commission are unofficial until certified locally later this week.

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