COLUMBIA (WACH) -- After five terms in the South Carolina House, Joan Brady will lose her seat in District 78 to newcomer Beth Bernstein.
According to the South Carolina Election Commission, Beth Bernstein leads the race with 58 percent of the votes while incumbent Joan Brady has 41 percent with 13 of 15 precincts reporting.
Democrat Beth Bernstein is a local attorney who says it's time for change.
"You know, when bad things are happening, responsible people really need to step up and try to make a difference and thats why I have decided to run," said Bernstein to WACH Fox in an election preview.
Bernstein says ethical leadership played a major role in deciding to run against Brady.
"We have become distrustful of people representing us and that's wrong we should be able to repose trust in those leaders and until we have that we are not going to have good representation," said Bernstein.
Berstein released the following statement following statement early Wednesday morning:
"The people of House district 78 have spoken and they've voted for a new voice. I thank Representative Joan Brady for her tireless service to our community and our state. I am so honored to accept this responsibility of representing House District 78. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work on the issues that matter to the people of my district and my state. I want to thank the people of House District 78 for putting their trust in me and I promise to serve them with honor and integrity, and work hard every day to merit their trust."
Brady also released a statement on her Facebook page:
"I appreciate my supporters for coming out yesterday and waiting in unacceptably long lines. I appreciate the tenacity you exuded in making sure some of those polls did not close until you submitted your votes. I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to serve in both local and state government, for over the past 16 years. I leave public office knowing that I helped make our families safer, our economy stronger and the environment a bit greener for generations to come. And now, I look forward to finding a new capacity of public service... because, a woman??s work is never done."