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Free Times | Derrek Pugh is running for Richland County Council in District 2

There’s a new challenger for a seat on Richland County Council.

Blythewood resident Derrek Pugh announced he will run for County Council in District 2. That seat currently is held by fourth-term Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson. Pugh will run as a Democrat, and this will be his first time seeking elected office.

Pugh, 41, is the deputy director of the South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy, a program that works in association with the SC National Guard to help provide positive pathways for at-risk youths. He also is a member of the Blythewood Planning Commission and is the former vice chairman of the town’s board of zoning appeals. A native of Dillon, he is a graduate of Benedict College.


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