Florence City Council race revote set for July 31

June 30, 2018

FLORENCE – The South Carolina Democratic Party has set the revote in Florence Ward 9, or precinct 25, for July 31.

Trav Robertson, chairman of the state Democratic Party, confirmed Friday morning that he had issued an order setting the revote that resulted from a protest filed by candidate LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson. Only those who voted in the previous election are eligible to vote in the July 31 revote.

In the June 12 Democratic primary election, NeSmith-Jackson was defeated by Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore by 711 votes to 572 votes, or 55.42 percent to 44.58 percent. Gibson-Hye Moore’s margin of victory included a margin of 150-68 in the disputed precinct.

NeSmith-Jackson filed her protest after the election ended with the Board of State Canvassers of Municipal Elections. NeSmith-Jackson contended that enough residents of City Council District 1 voted in the election to affect the outcome of the race.

Gibson-Hye Moore and NeSmith-Jackson were the only candidates in the District 2 election.

NeSmith-Jackson is the owner of an insurance agency and serves as the chairwoman of the Florence County Democratic Party. Gibson-Hye Moore is a community leader who served on the Florence County School District 1 Board of Trustees before her election to the city council in a 2016 special election to replace longtime city councilman Ed Robinson, who died.

In the 2016 election, Gibson-Hye Moore defeated NeSmith-Jackson in a runoff.