Georgetown's new mayor surprised by election results

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GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Jack Scoville, who is finishing his first term on city council, won the city's top job. Scoville, a Democrat, was elected mayor with 47 percent of the vote in the five-person race.

Scoville was worried about the competition, but is now surprised by the results.

Republican candidate Marty Tennant who was thought to be Scoville's main contender came in fourth place with only 10 percent of the vote.

Tennant was only seven votes ahead of Kizzie Lawson, who came in last.

"I was frankly surprised Mr. Tennant didn't get more votes than he did. I thought he would do better," Scoville said.

Scoville was even more surprised at how well write-in candidate Ron Charlton did.

Charlton came in second place with 20 percent of the vote. Ron Sizemore was third with close to 12 percent of the vote.

Scoville will take the reigns of a city suffering from soaring unemployment rates, a declining population and the closing of the steel mill, once a driving economic force in the town.

The city needs to be more friendly to business, Scoville said.

"I hope I can get council to go along with a full-time economic development coordinator for the city whose job will be to help nurture existing business and to attract new businesses," Scoville said.

Scoville hopes the town can attract some of the spin-off companies that may come here because of Boeing.

Scoville takes office in January.

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