MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Michael Lockliear has been voted the new interim mayor of Moncks Corner. Lockliear faced off against councilwoman Tonia Aiken Taylor. Tuesday night, he was very emotional about his win.
For Lockliear, winning this special election was a dream come true.
"This has been my goal since day one. Thank you for the people who came out to vote. First of all, let me say thank you to my wife. She pushed me as hard as she could," said Lockliear.
While Lockliear is cherishing his win after serving on City Council for 12 years, and as interim mayor, his opponent, Tonia Aiken Taylor, is not upset about losing the race.
"Hey, Congratulations! We are going to work together and I'm still a part of this great team. At the end of the day, it's all about the constituents," said Taylor.
"Let me say thank you to Tonia and her staff. What a wonderful race. We kept it above board and there was no negativity," said Lockliear.
On Tuesday, there was a line to get inside the voting booth.
"Big crowd. It's a good thing," said Gwendolyn Taylor-Bishop, a resident in Moncks Corner.
Voters say they want the new mayor to address growth concerns.
"There are a lot of people moving in and we need to make sure we are ready for all of those people," said Jennifer Baggott, a resident in Moncks Corner.
Voters say it's crucial for folks to come out and vote so they have a say in who will be the next leader in the community.
"You don't have a right to talk about somebody unless you vote for somebody," said Ben Sudduth, a resident in Moncks Corner.
"I think the voters spoke today," said Lockliear.
Lockliear says he's excited to make changes in Moncks Corner and he's also looking forward to working with Taylor to make the city a better place.
"We got big things coming for Moncks Corner. We really do," said Lockliear.
"Just because I'm not at the helm, it doesn't mean I can't make great changes, and that's my intention," said Taylor.
Lockliear will serve through Dec. 31st, the end of the term of former mayor, Bill Peagler, who resigned to become Berkeley County Supervisor. A general election in November will decide who will then be the full-term mayor. Since Lockliear served on town council, there will be a special election at the end of June to fill the empty council chair.