Tolbert Exits County Council Race

WINNSBORO – Mary Anne Tolbert has withdrawn from the race for the District 6 seat on Fairfield County Council.

Tolbert made her announcement in a post on her Facebook page this week. She confirmed her decision to The Voice Tuesday.

“I have to regretfully inform the citizens of District 6 of Fairfield County that, as of this time, I am going to withdraw my name from the ballot for the November 2016 election,” Tolbert wrote in her post. “I am in the process of trying to purchase a new residence, which falls in a different district, and I do not wish to waste your time or (County) money if a second election would possibly have to be held if I moved at a later time.”

The Fairfield County Voter Registration and Elections office, however, said Tuesday that they had not heard from Tolbert, and that it was too late, at this stage, to revise the ballots. Tolbert’s name will therefore appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in District 6.

In her post announcing her withdrawal from the race, Tolbert endorsed Gwen Harden for the seat.

“She is smart, knowledgeable and fair,” Tolbert wrote.

Mary Lynn Kinley is seeking reelection for the District 6 seat. In addition to Harden, Cornelius Neil Robinson is also looking to unseat her.


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