Martin Sauls celebrated his primary win with family and friends on Tuesday night.
"I'm just so excited, and I have so many people to thank," said Sauls. "This was definitely a community effort to put me where I am today."
Surrounded by family and friends, Sauls celebrated his win in the Jasper County Democratic Primary for the Coosawhatchie County Council.
"We've overcame a lot of obstacles," he said. "It's been a challenging campaign, and tonight all of that hard work has paid off.
Sauls won with more than 60 percent of the votes against his opponent Samuel Gregory, a former county council member.
Gregory received criticism over a Facebook post, basically telling black people to vote for black candidates.
Gregory doesn't believe that post had anything to do with the results of Tuesday's race.
"I'm not going to take back the Facebook comment because I believe I told the truth, and the only thing I said on Facebook was that I asked blacks to vote for me during the primary," said Gregory. "And that is not racist."
Gregory said he does believe racism still exists in Jasper County, but Sauls said he plans to represent everyone in Jasper County.
"If you're a Jasper County citizen, I want to represent you," said Sauls. "We want to move forward, and I believe in everyone treated equal and equal representation."
Election officials said this election had a surprisingly low turnout. Only 26 percent of the voters voted in the primaries.
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