Austin Smith

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Austin Smith
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South Carolina House of Representatives District 63
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Austin Smith was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 63 of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Smith is a student in political science at Francis Marion University.[1]



See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Smith ran in the 2012 election for South Carolina House of Representatives District 63. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12. Incumbent Kris Crawford (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. Smith was defeated in the general election.[2][3]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 63, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKristopher Crawford Incumbent 68.8% 11,305
     Democratic Austin Smith 30.9% 5,079
     Other Write-Ins 0.3% 52
Total Votes 16,436


Smith has been arrested twice in 2012 for behavior related to alcohol consumption. He was first arrested in July by City of Florence police officers. At that time, he was charged with underage drinking and hindering police officers.[4] He was arrested a second time on Friday, October 19, 2012 for "public drunkenness". This arrest was handled by officers working for the Florence County Sheriff’s Office as well as by City of Florence police officers. This arrest occurred in the vicinity of "Taboo", a club in Florence. An altercation that did not involve Smith resulted in law enforcement officers arriving on the scene. Smith approached the officers and requested a field sobriety test so that he could determine whether he was sober enough to drive home. When the officers declined to administer a field sobriety test to Smith, suggesting that instead he return to the club or take a taxi home, Smith persisted in his request and told the law enforcement officers that they were "public servants and he paid their salary", according to the police report that was filed regarding the incident.[1]

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