NEWS

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin will not seek re-election

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has announced he will not seek reelection. Benjamin was elected in 2010.

Benjamin – City of Columbia photo

The mayor of Columbia is sometimes called on to work with the mayors of West Columbia, Cayce, and Lexington to exemplify a spirit of regional unity in order to attract economic development.

Traditionally, there is speculation that after a change in party in the White House that a high-profile member of a political party can be called to service by the president. Benjamin and President Joe Biden are both Democrats.

Also, Benjamin’s wife, State Judge DeAndrea Benjamin of Columbia lost a race Wednesday for a seat on the S.C. Court of Appeals.