ELECTION RESULTS: Race results for Lowcountry elections
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - There were no statewide elections in South Carolina Tuesday, but voters in some Lowcountry communities went to the polls to cast ballots for mayor and other local races. About 200 city, county and other local elections were scheduled.
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Will Haynie wins re-election in Mount Pleasant mayoral race
It will be Haynie’s second term in office. He faced off against Town Councilwoman Kathy Landing and newcomer Brandon Armstrong in the mayoral race.
Haynie won by receiving 58% of the vote with 9,222 votes, while Landing received 40% vote and Armstrong 1%.
“What we do and what we do well, we don’t do it for this generic word ‘progress.’ We don’t do it just to be civic servants,” Haynie said Tuesday night. “We do it because we love people. We love the people of Mount Pleasant, don’t we. That’s why we’re here.”
No winner declared in tight race for Isle of Palms mayor
Ryan Buckhannon and Phillip Pounds are in a close race to succeed Mayor Jimmy Carroll, who decided not to seek re-election for a second term. With three of three precincts reporting, Pounds led with 50% of the vote against Buckhannon’s 46%.
There are 17 provisional ballots which will determine if this race heads into a runoff or not. According to Isaac Cramer with the Charleston County Board of Elections, staff plans to research the provisional ballots on Wednesday and vote Thursday on whether to count them or not.
This election comes after more than a year of back and forth between the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the city about whether to restrict or add parking for beachgoers on the island. In the latest development, the state plans to conduct a traffic study on the island after recently rejecting the city’s attempt to eliminate parking because of public safety concerns.
County election officials say less than half of the 4,500 registered voters have actually cast their ballots, a figure that includes both in-person and absentee voters.
Jayroe to become first female mayor in Georgetown
A Georgetown City Councilwoman will become the city’s next mayor. Republican Carol Jayroe, a city council member with eight years of experience, defeated Democratic incumbent Brendon Barber in Tuesday’s election.
Jayroe will become the first Republican and the first woman to hold the office.
Final results showed Jayroe secured 53% of the vote compared with Barber’s 43%.
“Well this is a historic event,” Jayroe said Tuesday night. “I am very proud to be the first female mayor of the historic city of Georgetown. We are beginning a new chapter in the city, and I intend to represent all citizens and work very hard for our sweet little city.”
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