Aiken County Council Chairman Ronnie Young won the Republican primary for the District 84 state House seat April 11.
Young got 848 votes, 84 percent, to opponent Jeff Waters' 165 votes, 16 percent. Turnout was less than 5 percent of registered voters in the district.
"Anytime you come out on top, you're happy," Young said Tuesday night. "I appreciate the folks that did come out and supported me, and I look forward to doing it again on May 30."
Waters took the outcome in stride.
"I knew I was a long-shot from the beginning," he said. "I learned a lot and enjoyed the experience."
Young now will face Democrat Jennifer Lariscey and Constitution Party candidate Stanford Lance Weaver in the special election May 30.
The winner of that race will assume the state House seat vacated by Chris Corley, who resigned after being charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
After Young announced he would seek the District 84 House seat, District 7 County Councilman Andrew Siders, District 4 Councilman Chuck Smith and former Councilman Gary Bunker announced that they would run for Young's seat on the council.
They will have to wait for the outcome of the special election, however, before they can even file for the office.
Young has been on Aiken County Council for 26 years and its chairman for 23. He won the chairman's job after Carroll Warner died in 1994. He's a lifelong resident of the Midland Valley area and a graduate of Langley-Bath-Clearwater High School.
He has campaigned on a platform that focuses on economic development, education and keeping taxes low.