Freeman, Edwards to meet in runoff

Abbeville Mayor's Race


Abbeville Mayor Delano Freeman and Abbeville City Council member Trey Edwards will meet in a runoff election for Mayor of Abbeville on Tuesday, Nov. 17, according to Abbeville County voter registration and elections director Kim London.


Freeman and Edwards were the top two finishers in a four person field of candidates in the Nov. 3 general election.


The other two candidates included Josh Baughman and Eric Delgado.


According to unofficial vote totals supplied by the Abbeville County voter registration and elections office, Baughman received 26.64 percent of the vote, Delgado 16.91 percent, Edwards 27.79 percent, and Freeman 28.39 percent.


The runoff is necessary because none of the candidates received a clear majority.


Freeman was elected Mayor on Nov. 22, 2016, the first African American Mayor of the City, according to biographical information from the City.


He served for a number of years on City Council before he became Mayor.


Edwards represents District Three on Abbeville City Council. He was first elected in 2018 to fill the term left vacant by the death of Franklin Cape, according to published reports.

City Council elections are nonpartisan.


“We are combining the precincts to all vote at the county complex (Abbeville County Administrative Complex),” said Abbeville County voter registration and elections Kim London Monday concerning the special runoff election coming up. “Also, absentee voting is available now, Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.”


All registered voters in the city of Abbeville--that were registered prior to October 5--are eligible to vote in the runoff, she said.


For more information, one may call the voter registration office at 366-2400, extension 53.


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