It’s safe to say State Rep. Sylleste Davis, R-Moncks Corner, has had an unusual freshman year in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
Davis first won the House District 100 seat by default in June when she was the only candidate to seek the seat after then-State Rep. Eddie Southard, R-Moncks Corner resigned over sexual harassment claims. She got the opportunity to represent the district for the House’s final week before adjournment this summer. However, that was only to fill out the rest of Southard’s term this year. Voters still needed to decide who they wanted for the 2017-18 legislative session.
They decided Tuesday to stick with Davis, sending her to victory in the Republican primary over former Berkeley County staffer and business consultant Robbie Metts. Davis received 73 percent of the GOP vote to clinch the nomination. She faces Democratic candidate and Moncks Corner town councilwoman Tonia Aiken-Taylor in November.
“Thank you to the voters of SC House District 100 for your confidence and support!” she posted to Facebook after the victory. “During the course of my campaign, I enjoyed visiting with you and talking with you. I look forward to many more visits and talks in the future!”
Davis is a retired nuclear contracts manager from state-owned power utility Santee Cooper and previously worked with the company’s wholesale markets division. She also chaired the South Carolina School Improvement Council board of trustees.
Editor’s note: Article has been corrected to note Democratic opponent in race. Initial article incorrectly said there was no Democratic candidate.