NORTH AUGUSTA --- Three North Augusta City Council incumbents will likely continue in the seats they've each held for two or more terms.
Carolyn Baggott, Jimmy Adams and Ken McDowell defeated newcomers Joe Pippen and Lee Wetherington in Tuesday's at-large city council Republican primary.
Adams had the most votes with 1,227, while McDowell and Baggott got 1,148 and 1,061, respectively. Pippen got 580, while Wetherington just missed the 796 needed to earn a nomination for the general election with 764 votes.
"It's definitely one of the more well-attended elections," said John Younginer Jr., the chairman of North Augusta's municipal election. "It's the first highly contested race that we've had in a while."
Wetherington, a former North Augusta Public Safety chief, kicked off the campaigning just after Thanksgiving. Within a few weeks, signs for all candidates were dotting yards throughout the city.
Because no Democrats filed, the Baggott, Adams and McDowell will likely go on to win the general election April 26.