Republican Dan Rawls rode the GOP wave in Greenville County to victory in county council District 26 over former county councilman Allen Bunk Johnson, a Democrat, on Tuesday.

Dan_RawlsRawls won 3,812 to 3,216, according to unofficial results. Johnson had served for 12 years on county council previously and Rawls is a newcomer to elected office.

They were running for Judy Gilstrap’s seat on council. Gilstrap stepped down to run for the state House of Representatives and lost to Republican Eric Bikas 1,864 to 1,554.

Rawls, 69, is a retired businessman who has served on the county planning commission and several other county boards and commissions.

District 26 includes the Berea area on the western side of the county.

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