No winner declared in tight race for Isle of Palms mayor

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 9:07 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 4:07 AM EDT
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ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - There was no winner declared in a tight race for the mayor of Isle of Palms Tuesday, according to the Board of Elections.

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.

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Attorney Joshua Hooser, who said he was running as a concerned citizen, had 3% of the vote.

Parking, traffic, growth and quality of life are among the top challenges the new mayor will face. Hooser wants to add parking while Buckhannon and Pounds say they feel there is already enough.

Meanwhile, nine candidates squared off to fill four open city council seats. Among the nine, the top vote-getters were Jan Anderson with 19%, Katie Miars with 18%, John Bogosian with 17%, Blair Hahn with 15%, and Andrew Vega and Nadine Deif with 11% each.

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