Candidates, town leaders hope to make change in South Congaree

South Cojngaree Town Hall

SOUTH CONGAREE, SC (WACH)- The town of South Congaree has been under the microscope after the State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI served search warrants at the town hall back in May.

While SLED has been tight lipped about the investigation, the town lost several key leaders including the mayor, the town administrator and the police chief.

Members of the community and town leaders hope Tuesday's special election will help lift that cloud of controversy.

Mayoral Candidate Jerry Smith said, "This town has to unite we don't need a right side and a left side, we need a community and part of the word community is unite... So we need to unite as a community and if we unite as a community we can stop a lot of those problems from happening and there will be no divided South Congaree from here out"

I would say make our leadership more proactive instead of reactive you know preparing ourselves for things and really making sure that all things in leadership are transparent," Mayoral Candidate Brian Jackson.

Normally for special elections voting would take place at the town hall however for Tuesday's special election voting has been moved to the Ebeneezer Pentecostal Church's fellowship hall.

Smith and Jackson will face business owner Josh Shumpert and former Mayor Andy Gambrell in Tuesday's special election.

Town council member Lila Gantt is currently the acting mayor but decided not to run in this election.

The new mayor will serve through 2016.