Town of Lynchburg has a new mayor, even though nobody ran

Lynchburg's torched police department
Lynchburg's torched police department

By Logan Smith - bio | email and Stephen Hooker - email

LYNCHBURG, SC (WIS) - The small South Carolina town of Lynchburg finally has a new mayor, after no one ran for the seat in last week's election.

Lynchburg, population 588, elected former town councilwoman Nancy Galloway on Tuesday in a do-over vote. According to the town hall, the results still have to be certified by the State Election Commission.

No one ran in last week's election, and nobody was on the ballot for this week's vote, either. For that reason, Galloway was elected on Tuesday by a write-in campaign.

The town had been without a leader since August, when former Mayor Thompson Isaac resigned during a contentious town council meeting. Isaac had wanted to fire Police Chief Charles Lewis, but the council wouldn't let him. Isaac said he could not find Lewis after a fire destroyed the town's police department. Lewis said he wasn't there because he had to see a doctor.

Howard Vincent, 83, is a lifelong resident of the small Lee County town. "I was born and raised here," said Vincent. "I've lived here all my life."

Howard has seen the town in prosperous days and then through its decline. "This town died long ago when they took the railroad out and they closed the schools and the closed the one finishing plant we had here," he remarked. "I wish there was something that would revive this town, but I don't see it. The basis for it being a town is gone."

That's not just Howard talking. People coming into the local store at the town's crossroads say the same thing. But the town is incorporated, and does have a town government.

And now, finally, it also has a mayor.

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