A special election was held yesterday for Lee County sheriff and the District 4 council seat races. Acting Sheriff Daniel Simon won the unopposed race held Tuesday. Simon has been acting sheriff since E.J. Melvin was arrested on federal drug conspiracy charges May 1st. Simon won a five-way Democratic Primary in July but faced no Republican opposition.
In the special re-vote for the District 4 Lee County Council seat, Gordon Eckley beat out Matt Bramlett with a vote of 68 to 32. Initially Bramlett defeated Eckley, but it was determined that only 111 of 242 votes cast were actually District 4 residents resulting in those votes being thrown out and a re-vote ordered by the South Carolina Democratic Party.
One hundred votes were cast in Tuesday’s special election.