A Charleston attorney will be the newest member of the South Carolina Senate.
Democratic candidate Marlon Kimpson easily cruised to re-election Tuesday night in the left-leaning Senate District 42, which represents parts of North Charleston and the Charleston Neck. Kimpson received 80 percent of the vote, while Republican Billy Shuman recieved 19 percent and Libertarian Alex Thornton picked up 1 percent.
Kimpson will replace former longtime State Sen. Robert Ford, who stepped down during a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his campaign finances last May. Ford insists he retired for health reasons. The South Carolina Attorney General’s Office requested an investigation a few days later.
Kimpson’s victory comes a little over a month after he won the Democratic primary runoff against former North Charleston councilman Maurice Washington.