AIKEN -- Aiken County incumbents won big as long-time county council and school board members retained their seats.
County Council Dist. 1 challenger Andy Windham put up a close fight with incumbent Kathy Rawls with only 300 votes separating the two. Dist. 2 challenger Wyman Boyd, who filed as a petition candidate, also put a dent in incumbent Scott Singer's turnout, earning 18.8 percent of the vote to Singer's 81 percent.
Dwight Smith will be the only new face on the Aiken County School Board even though five seats were up for grabs. Smith narrowly defeated Robert Gossett in a 51 to 47 percent vote. Incumbents Ray Fleming, of District 5, Rosemary English, of District 7, and Levi Green, of District 2, all soundly won their races. John Wesley Hightower, of District 3 was unopposed.
The night was also a victory for county leaders as the third round of the 1-cent Capital Sales and Use Tax passed with 55 percent of the vote.
County Council Chairman Ronnie Young said although it's a big win for county projects, it really means more to small communities that don't have taxing abilities.
"I just think the people realized what was more important and what this really means for the county," he said.
The tax will bring in more than $75 million over four years. It goes into effect in 2012.