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Wofford student runs $30 campaign to become youngest elected SC official

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Phillip Habib (Source: Wofford College) Phillip Habib (Source: Wofford College)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate college student is now the current youngest elected official in South Carolina--and it only took $30 and some social media savvy.

Phillip Habib, 20, of Goose Creek said a week before November's general election, he was filling out an absentee ballot and saw the position of Berkeley County Soil and Water Commission didn't have a candidate.

"Why not me?" Habib said.

The Wofford College junior and business economics major spent $20 on Facebook advertising and $10 to make poster board signs as the election approached.

His efforts earned him the position with 463 write-in votes.

“Looking back, I’m not that surprised (to be elected) because of the great response I got on social media,” Habib said. “However, on election day, I was very nervous. I woke up at 4 a.m. to get ready and set out signs. I was going from poll station to poll station to let people know my platform and ask them to write in my name. I stayed at the office for the election commission in Berkeley County until 11 p.m. trying to figure out if I had won, even though I knew it would be a few days before the results were official.”

He said he is excited to serve on the commission and hopes to create programs to encourage proper use of natural resources.

Click here to visit Habib's write-in campaign Facebook page.

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