Businesswoman, former candidate endorses in at-large race

By: Chris Trainor
The State

“As a local business owner, I know firsthand the need for qualified and responsive leaders on the city council,” Middleton said in a Twitter post from the Bussells campaign. “We need leaders who produce results, not excuses, to benefit all corners of our community.”

Among the businesses operated by the Middleton family in Columbia are The Grand on Main and The Main Course. The family also is planning a $34 million brewery on north Main Street and a barbecue and oyster restaurant in the 1600 block of Main.

Middleton put up a serious challenge to incumbent at-large Councilman Howard Duvall in the 2019 city elections. She pushed the race to a runoff, where Duvall ended up winning by less than 150 votes.

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