CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Voters across the Lowcountry head to the polls Tuesday to elect the leaders of their communities. Many are tuning into the Mt. Pleasant mayoral race, but there are several contests that may come down to the final votes.
However, one this is clear no matter where the voters line up. Transparency is a running theme across the Lowcountry this election cycle.
Much of the attention has gathered around a three-man race for mayor in Mt. Pleasant. This is the first year in which former mayor Harry Hallman will not seek re-election.
In council elections, 19 candidates are competing for only four at-large seats and the four candidates with the most votes take the seats. Two candidates are running two open waterworks positions.
One of the larger elections in the Lowcountry could turn out to be the Awendaw mayoral race. Mayor William Alston, the only mayor the town of Awendaw has ever had, faces his first ever challenger in Samuel Robinson.
Awendaw voters will also weigh in on whether part of their Town Council should be converted from at-large to single-member districts. Alston is for the change; Robinson is against transition.
ISLE OF PALMS
In Rockville, Mary Ann Cates is going after the mayor's seat. She is running unopposed. There are four town council seats up for grabs and only three people -- Allen Holmes, Henry Holst, and Zachary Nelson -- are vying for the spots, so the races are all but over before the polls even open.
On Seabrook Island, mayor Frank McNulty is stepping out of the political ring and making way for Bill Holtz who is running unopposed. There are also six candidates jockeying for four seats on the Island's council and two candidates looking for a single utility commission seat.
Four Charleston City Council districts will see elections, mostly in James Island and West Ashley.
Live 5 News will be watching the races and updating you on air, on the web, and on Twitter as polls close and results come in. If you have a question about a particular race, send us a message on Twitter and we'll be sure to look it up and get the information to you.