BRIEF: Baddourah becomes first announced challenger for Columbia mayor's seat
Mar 12, 2013 (The State (Columbia - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
COLUMBIA S.C. -- First-term Columbia city Councilman Moe Baddourah said he's going to oppose Mayor Steve Benjamin in Columbia's first fall campaign.
Baddourah, a restaurateur, won the District 3 seat last year when he defeated Daniel Coble, the son of former mayor Bob Coble, in a runoff.
So far, Baddourah is the first person to announce a challenge to Benjamin, who also is seeking a second term.
Last year, City Council changed the election schedule from the traditional spring campaigns to November in odd years. That means several members, including Baddourah and Benjamin lost six months of their current terms.
Baddourah cast the only no vote on the change in the election cycle, saying his constituents elected him to a full four-year term.
He was to issue a news release later today.
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