COLUMBIA — The clutter in Karen Baxter’s house is a testament to the myriad projects competing for her time. Dozens of random items — including an Elmo lunchbox, spatulas and a wrought-iron basket — cover the kitchen table. Newspaper clippings about taxes and other city government issues are spread out on a footstool. Her grandchildren’s huge play dome — constructed entirely of recycled newspaper — dominates the room.
Karen Baxter: practical nurse, “Grandma Karen” and earnest candidate
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