Summey wins fifth term as North Charleston mayor

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Mayor Keith Summey will continue running the city of North Charleston after being elected to his fifth term Tuesday night.

Summey took more than 80 percent of the votes over his opponent Chris Collins, a school board member and pastor.

Summey held his watch party, which turned into a victory party, at the Felix Community Center in Park Circle. He greeted supporters and spoke about his upcoming term where he promises to continue to improve the quality of life for North Charleston citizens.

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"Creating some things that we haven't had," Summey said. "Some new community centers. That's one of the things ive been wanting to do with the revenue if we get the casino boat that would come in."

Summey won his fifth full term as mayor of North Charleston. He has been mayor since 1994 and during the past decade, the city has grown to a population of nearly 100,000 people.

Summey said he would also like to create some senior adult programs. Summey says he may run for another term after this one and if he does he says that will be his last.

With 50 of 52 precincts reporting, Summey led Collins, 6,108 to 1,718.

North Charleston voters went to the polls on the same day as Charleston voters, the first time that has happened. North Charleston moved its elections to the fall this year, holding them at the same time as other Charleston-area municipalities in an effort to boost the turnout.

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