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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Lexington Special Election Primary – District 69
February 27, 2018

Registered voters in House District 69 in Lexington County have the opportunity to elect a new representative to replace Rick Quinn in the SC Legislature. Quinn resigned and pled guilty to misconduct in a corruption probe. The district includes neighborhoods in West Columbia, Oak Grove, the town of Lexington, the southeast shore of Lake Murray and the St. Andrews area.

The primary will be held February 27. The election will be held May 1. SC does not have party registration, so voters are free to vote for a candidate of any party in the primary or general election. Check the candidates' websites or social media and find the candidate whose platform most closely matches your priorities. The following candidates will be on the ballot:

Joel Deason (Republican)

Anne Marie Eckstorm Green (Republican)

Alan Ray (Republican)

Michael Weaver (Republican)

Chris Wooten (Republican)

A.J. Blues (Libertarian)

Remember that many residents are eligible to cast an absentee ballot. Several types of photo identification are acceptable for use at the polls. For more information about voting visit

February Public Policy Luncheon

February 15, 2018 – Lourie Center – 11:45

County Council Member Greg Pearce will speak on the Penny Tax and other county Issues. He has served District 6 since 1999. Although Mr. Pearce's Council interests are varied, his primary expertise falls within the area of healthcare and human services. He serves as the Council liaison to the Richland Memorial Hospital Board, the Columbia Area Mental Health Center Board, the LRADAC Board, and the Transitions Homeless Center Board. The Richland County budget has presented challenges for County Council in that the wants and needs of county residents and employees consistently exceed the financial resources available. Since his election, Mr. Pearce has focused his attention on developing a detailed understanding of the county budget to ensure that he makes responsible recommendations as to how these limited financial resources should be allocated. He has served several times as chair of the Administration & Finance Committee and is also active on the Budget Committee.

Public Transportation

This video explains the history of public transportation in the US and why we must do better going forward.

Who We Are

The LWV of the Columbia Area represents members living in Richland and Lexington Counties. Membership in our league is open to all persons living in the Columbia area aged 16 and older.

Special Members

Sarah Leverette and Keller Barron honored by USC Sarah Leverette and Keller Baron are lifetime members of the Leage of Women Voters of the Columbia Area. Their papers, letters, and records were placed in the USC Political Collections Library. They were honored with a celebration on March 10, 2016, at the Hollings Special Collections Library. The event honored the creation of the Sarah Leverette Collection.