Manning Lynch said Wednesday he’s ready to get to work as chairman of Spartanburg County Council when Jeff Horton steps down at the end of the year.

“I plan to build on the success the county has enjoyed,” said Lynch, a longtime Spartanburg-area home builder and member of the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District Board. He defeated Brian Turnage in Tuesday’s GOP primary by a margin of 75 percent to 25 percent, according to unofficial results.

“People understood that message and there was a resounding affirmation of that yesterday. An awful lot of people were behind me — family and friends.”

As owner of his own business, Lynch said he has the time to attend all the required meetings to conduct county business.

No Democrat ran, and barring any successful write-in campaign, he will succeed Horton, who did not seek re-election after having served on Spartanburg County Council since 1994.

Horton endorsed Lynch days before the election, citing Lynch’s experience and desire to continue overseeing economic growth the county has enjoyed in recent years.

David Britt, chairman of the council’s economic development committee, said Lynch’s big margin of victory is “a loud statement by the voters that they support the direction of the County Council."

“And they support (Lynch’s) ability to keep the momentum going forward and building on our ongoing success in the area of economic development. He is a proven leader and will provide his excellent leadership on day one," Britt said. "Many times over the past 20-plus years I have personally asked Manning to help us land a project that needed sewer services and he has always been a great partner and someone I could count on."