Incumbent Gail Diggs keeps seat on Aiken City Council

Published: Nov. 7, 2023 at 5:28 PM EST
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Incumbent Democrat Gail Diggs kept her seat for District 1 on the Aiken City Council.

Diggs and Republican challenger Demarcus Sullivan fought for votes on Tuesday.

The mayor’s post would normally also be up for grabs, but that was settled weeks ago in the Republican primary. It was a battle won by Teddy Milner against incumbent Rick Osbon. With no Democrats running, Milner is set to be the winner – barring a write-in miracle.

Diggs has been on the council for the past 12 years and says her work is the reason why she deserves District 1’s votes.


“Just check my record, see that all the decisions are made,” she said. “On council, I’ve been in the best interests of my constituents and for the city as well. I’m not gonna say my record is perfect. We do mess up sometimes. I acknowledge that. But my constituents do know me. And they know that all the decisions that are made come from my heart.”

She says she’s served her district well over time.

“I have been able to not only help people who did not have access or knowledge to resources in this community, but actually been able to be their voice,” said Diggs.

She wanted to be elected because she feels like she has unfinished business with projects she’s helped get off the ground and wants to see them through. Those projects include: Rural Health Services Clinic – expanding their Women’s Health Services, Market Row – Bill McGhee plans to build 12 houses on Williamsburg Street, Renovations on Smith Hazel Recreation Center, and more.

After the results were in, Diggs said: “That the people in District 1 still trust me and believe in me and know that I have their best interests at heart and that’s the way it’ll always be four more years I can take care of my unfinished business so now it’s time to get back to work.”