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Voters pick Collins as new mayor of Summerville

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

It was something to dance about at the Summerville Country Club.

Bill Collins and his wife danced the night away after the votes were counted.

"I'm truly thankful to all the people of Summerville who voted for me to be their next mayor," Collins said.

It took two hours to count those votes and end a 45 year tradition in Summerville.

"I think they were looking for someone they could talk to, someone who was going to be open to change and build an even greater Summerville," Collins said.

The town may have a new mayor for the first time in four decades, but he's certainly not new to Summerville. Collins said he moved to town in the 1970s, which is around the time Berlin G. Myers first took office. He said Myers leaves behind a great legacy, but it's time to start moving forward.

"He's been an icon for us. We're going to always respect him and anything he wants to do going forward, I'd welcome that," Collins said.

Collins defeated Bill Lomax, a physician, and Dickie Miler, a realtor. Collins received 1,785 votes; Lomax 472; and Miler 1,206.

Collins said when he takes office on June 20, the first things on his to do list are hire a town administrator and then get to work on traffic problems.

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