SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Voters are at heading to the polls Tuesday to decide who will take over for Summerville Mayor Berlin G. Myers. Three candidates are vying for the job.
Most people know it is election time when the yard signs go up, but this election is different. After being Mayor of Summerville for over 45 years, Myers won't be running. And after this election there will be a new guy in town and the town hall.
Three new candidates will battle it out from 7 a.m. until to 7 p.m. Tuesday, but in a friendly way.
Bill Collins, Bill Lomax and Dickie Miler have known each other for years, which came in handy when Miler gave this reporter directions to another candidate's home. Each have their own reasons for running.
"I want to take this town in a new direction," Lomax said.
Collins said, "Now is the stage in my life I want to give back."
Miler said, "My love of this town and the bright future of this town."
All the candidates agree on several issues.
"We need to have jobs, we need to figure out the traffic issues, and funding to fix them," Collins said.
Miler said, "Economic growth and development, we have to have good jobs."
Lomax said, "We have a terrible, terrible problem with infrastructure and traffic."
No matter how much they agree and how well they get along, Tuesday will be every man for himself.
When asked who they would want to win if they did not get elected, the three candidates replied:
"That's a tough question, but I'm the best candidate," Lomax said with a smile.
"I don't want to see either of them elected. I want to be the one they vote for tomorrow!" Miler said.
Collins said, "Either would do a fantastic job. Is that fair enough?"
No matter how close the race is, the election won't result in a run-off. The man with the most votes wins.