SC's capital city to get new mayor after 2 decades

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's capital city will soon have a new mayor for the first time in 20 years.

Voters are going to the polls Tuesday to replace Mayor Bob Coble. The 56-year-old father of 6 announced in September he would not seek a sixth term, saying he wanted to concentrate on his family and law practice.

Seven candidates are vying to replace Coble. They include lawyer and lobbyist Steve Benjamin, city councilman Kirkman Finlay III and lawyer Steve Morrison.

Benjamin is 1 of 2 candidates who would become the city's first black mayor. Finlay's father served as mayor from 1978 to 1986. The State newspaper has endorsed Morrison.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

The new term begins in July.

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