Leland Teal Elected To Fill Town Council Seat
Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 8:32 am.

Leland Teal, the only candidate to file in the special election to fill a vacant Chapin Town Council, won election Tuesday with 13 of the 14 votes cast.

Teal previously served as a member of the Council from 1981 until 2014, and had served as mayor pro tem.

The seat was left open when former council member Preston Baines resigned in June.

Teal is a life-long resident of Chapin and a graduate of Chapin High School. He has been married to his wife Carol for over 39 years and the pair have two married daughters. They also have a number of grandchildren. He retired after 38-years of working for the State of South Carolina.

Teal’s entire family have been sports legends in Chapin their entire lives. His father and siblings have all been coaches in various sports both recreationally and professionally as teachers. Several Teals have even brought state championships home to Chapin.

Leland Teal himself went to Newberry College on a sports scholarship where he earned his degree. “Coach Teal” is a name that is well-known and could be regularly heard and associated with Teal’s father, his brothers Bart and Gene, or himself on fields, diamonds, and courts across the state.

Over the years, Teal coached girls’ fast pitch softball and American Legion baseball. He has also chaired the Chapin Labor Day Festival and has been a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran church council.