(Columbia, SC) – At-Large Council Member Tyler Bailey took the oath of office on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, in a ceremony held at 1:00 pm. This momentous occasion marked the official transition as Bailey assumed the position previously held by Councilman Howard Duvall, who resigned the preceding year.
A well-known community advocate and distinguished Columbia attorney, Bailey embarked on his journey into Columbia City Council in 2021. Throughout his candidacy and beyond, he dedicated himself to actively engaging with the community, seeking to understand and address the diverse issues prevalent in Columbia’s neighborhoods. In the November municipal race, Bailey emerged victorious with 6,175 votes, constituting nearly 54% of the total ballots, as reported by the South Carolina Election Commission at scvotes.gov. His closest competitor trailed behind by 2,268 votes.
The swearing-in ceremony at City Hall Council Chamber was met with resounding applause as Councilman Bailey assumed his new role, surrounded by his family. The official swearing-in was administered by Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Daniel Coble.
Post the ceremony, a reception was hosted at City Hall to commemorate the occasion. In addition, Attorney Allyce Bailey, the wife of Councilman Bailey, organized a “Thank You Reception” on Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 5:30 pm, expressing gratitude to campaign volunteers and supporters. Councilman Bailey reflected on the collaborative effort, stating, “We wanted to thank everyone who helped us along the way. Campaigning is indicative of the democratic process in that it takes everyone. It is about the support you receive from your spouse, family, friends, and the community. I am humbled by the overwhelming love and support I have received, and I look forward to serving my community,” concluded Bailey in his remarks to both groups.
The Columbia City Council’s next scheduled meeting for 2024 will take place on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.
For more information, visit: https://citycouncil.columbiasc.gov/council-profiles/tyler-d-bailey/