Ricky Waring claims victory in Summerville mayoral race

Updated: Nov. 5, 2019 at 9:32 PM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Ricky Waring has claimed victory in the Summerville mayoral race after fellow candidate Bill Hearn conceded Tuesday night.

“Congratulations to Ricky Waring on his victory tonight,” Hearn said in a statement on Facebook."We are very proud of the race that we ran and we cannot thank our supporters enough for the time, effort, and faith they put into this campaign."

Waring, a former fire chief, came to the race with experience serving the Summerville community.

Waring said decades of fire service and work on Summerville Council are experiences that no other candidate has. One of his top concerns is reuniting the council and mayor.

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Hearn has served multiple terms on Dorchester County Council and believed his present-day experience would make for great leadership. Hearn said two of his top concerns for Summerville are flooding and traffic.

The latest results show Waring with 47% of the vote to Hearn’s 44%. Fleming Moore has 5% of the vote, while Brandon King has 4% of the vote.

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Both King and Moore are newcomers to the political scene.

King says that the focus of his campaign was taxes. He wants residents to have more of a voice when it comes to how taxes are spent.

Fleming Moore, who is a local musician and former teacher had focused his campaign efforts on transportation and the arts and culture scene. Moore wants Summerville to be a top destination spot for hospitality and arts.

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