ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC/AP) - Voters in Orangeburg have elected Michael C. Butler as the city's first African-American mayor.
Butler won a 4-year term with 53% of the vote. Mayor Paul Miller received 46%. Miller has been mayor since 2001.
Butler's new terms begin Oct. 1.
Butler ran on a platform of revitalizing the city and working on economic development. He is a career specialist at the Technology Center in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and has served as pastor of Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. since he founded it 29 years ago.
Butler received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC in 1983, and completed graduate study courses at both South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina.
He also obtained a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment from Walden University in 2006.
Orangeburg is home to South Carolina State University, a state-supported historically black school.
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