HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Democrat Jimmy Washington will be the next Horry County council member representing District 3 after winning the Special General Election against Republican Bob Kelly on Tuesday.
The unofficial results released by the county show Washington winning with 50.97 percent of the vote with 396 votes, against Kelly, who received 36.81 percent with 286 votes.
Washington was the only Democrat running for the District 3 seat against a field of GOP candidates who engaged in a bitterly contentious primary election. Bob Kelly came out the clear winner with 67 percent of the vote in a runoff election against Oliver "Bubba" Owens in November, amid a campaign fraught with robocalls, negative campaign mail and social media posts blasting one another's campaigns.
However, Washington, a Myrtle Beach native running for a seat that has been held by Democrats for years, came out ahead on Tuesday.
Washington believes knowing what it takes from both sides, a community outlook, and as a representative, will help him succeed on Horry Council.
"Well, I'm in the community. I'm known in the community," Washington said in an interview in October. "I've lived here all my life, and I work in the community, and I also served District 3 on the Horry County School board and I got to know a lot of folks and you got to be able to get to know both sides."
Tuesday's results will be officially certified later on December 28, and Washington will be sworn into office early next year.