Originally created 08/07/02

Challenger wins runoff for Aiken County seat



Challenger Charles Barton won 58 percent of the votes Tuesday night in his victory over District 6 incumbent Joel Randall. Mr. Barton received 536 votes to Mr. Randall's 393.

Mr. Barton, a Republican, faces Democrat Danny Porter in the Nov. 5 general election.

Challenger Charles Barton defeated incumbent Joel Randall in Tuesday night's Republican runoff election for Aiken County Council's District 6 seat.

Mr. Barton received 536 votes to Mr. Randall's 393. He received the most support from the Eureka and Shiloh communities, receiving 90 and 80 votes, respectively, from the precincts.

Mr. Barton, who owns Barton Radiator and Electric Service, was flanked by supporters after the vote count at the Aiken County Voter Registration and Election office.

He shook hands and called friends on his cellular phone with news of his victory.

"It was one of those things I was not sure of," Mr. Barton said. "Our next step is to get ready for November."

The businessman faces Democrat Danny Porter in the Nov. 5 general election. Mr. Barton forced the Tuesday runoff by narrowly defeating Mr. Randall at the July 23 Republican primary, 345-323. Challenger Fay Hatcher received 156 votes.

Mr. Randall had served eight years on council. His fellow incumbent, District 5 representative Phil Napier, was defeated in July by Eddie Butler.

Mr. Butler, who formerly served on council, faces no opposition in November. Nor does Scott Singer, who defeated Libby Bland for council's District 2 seat in the primary.

He will replace Susan Giddings, who did not run for re-election.

Republican Al Brodie is challenging Kathy Rawls in the November election for the District 1 seat. He didn't face any Republican opposition.

Reach Josh Gelinas at (803) 279-6895 or josh.gelinas@augustachronicle.com.