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Bobby McGee wins election for Hartsville City Council

February 21, 2019 GMT

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Bobby McGee won a special election Tuesday to become the newest member of the Hartsville City Council.

McGee defeated Casey Copeland to win the District 6 seat on the council 156 votes to 34.

He will succeed former Councilman Billy Shirley, who resigned in November to move to the Upstate to be closer to family.

McGee, who will be sworn in at the March 12 council meeting, will serve the remainder of Shirley’s term, which expires in November. The seat will be up for election for a full four-year term in the municipal general election in November.

“I feel wonderful. I feel excited,” McGee said. “I’m ready to get on board and contribute to council and the citizens. I’m ready to go.”

McGee expressed gratitude to the voters in Tuesday’s election. “I am grateful to the voters of the 6th District for electing me to city council, and I look forward to representing them and all the citizens of Hartsville,” he said.

“During my door-to-door campaign I met over 300 voters and heard their stories. The issues that are important to them are important to me,” McGee said.

“I look forward to working with our mayor, city manager and council, all of whom are committed to making Hartsville the best town in South Carolina,” he said. “Together, we will continue to do the things that make sense for our citizens, our businesses and our local institutions.”

Copeland offered McGee his congratulations. “Mr. McGee ran a solid campaign and it was an honor to participate in the democratic process along with him,” Copeland said. “I knew that, regardless of who won, Hartsville would be in good hands.”

He also thanked his supporters. “I sincerely appreciate all my encouragers and supporters,” Copeland said. “This is the second time I have run for an elected position and I hope that I have set an example for others. There should be more people running for office and participating in the process. It’s a right and a privilege. I hope that by running I have somehow given others that license to do the same. You do not have to have a political nature to run for office, just a heart for your community.”

McGee said in announcing his candidacy that he was running for the seat out of a desire “to give back to this wonderful community that has supported me for 30 years.”

Copeland ran on a platform of making Hartsville a safer community for families and children.

Election officials will certify the results of the election on Thursday.