Florence city councilwoman announces candidacy for mayor

FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — Florence city councilwoman Lethonia Barnes announced her candidacy for mayor Tuesday evening at Wholly Smokin’ restaurant on South Dargan Street in downtown Florence.

There were over 200 people present for the announcement.

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    News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
  • News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
    News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
  • News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
    News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
  • News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
    News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
  • News13 Photo: Curtis Graham
    News13 Photo: Curtis Graham

Four city councilman- Chaquez Mccall, Bryan Braddock, J. Lawrence Smith II, and George Jebaily, as well as Florence County council chairman, William Schofield, endorsed Barnes, according to a source at the announcement.

Florence city council is made up of a mayor and six council members. Three members are elected by districts and three are elected at-large.

Barnes is a graduate of Wilson High School and an alumnus of South Carolina State University, where she majored in business. She was an educator for 21 years, administrator for 9 years, business owner of 30 years and is currently the pastor of Fletcher Grove Missionary Baptist Church, according to the City of Florence website.

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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 team in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Read more of Taylor’s work here.

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