Phillip Pounds wins Isle of Palms mayor’s race

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 10:02 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2021 at 7:09 PM EDT
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ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - Phillip Pounds is set to become the new Mayor of the City of Isle of Palms. Candidates for the Isle of Palms’ Mayoral race included Pounds, Ryan Buckhannon and Joshua Hooser.

After Tuesday’s Election, the race came down to 17 provisional ballots which needed to be reviewed and voted on by the Charleston County Board of Elections.

The Board of Elections determined that 9 of the 17 ballots could be counted, bringing the totals to:

  • Phillip Pounds: 1,011
  • Ryan Buckhannon: 933
  • Joshua Hooser: 68
  • Write-In: 7

In order to secure the seat for mayor, one of the three candidates required 50% +1 of the votes, meaning Pounds won by the exact amount needed with 1,011.

Pounds says he’s excited about what’s to come and believes his years with the city are a good foundation for the next four years as Mayor.

“Coming in cold would’ve been really hard,” Pounds said. “But my time on the planning commission and time on the council, I think I have a decent handle on how the finances work certainly and the projects that are in front of us.”

When asked what his first task will be when he takes office, this is what he said:

“I’d love to define what success is going to look like in our tenure and put whatever metrics around we need to make sure we stay focused.”

Pounds also says parking and traffic are his top priorities. Pounds says he does not plan to add parking to the island, and he would like to work with the South Carolina Department of Transportation to add reversible lanes to the connecter to help alleviate traffic.

Buckhannon is at the end of his term on City Council and is now leaving the political area come January. But says he’s excited for Pounds.

“I’m putting all of this behind me, and putting it back on Phillip’s lap,” Buckhannon said. “He can take care of it.”

Current Mayor Jimmy Carrol will hold the position until January.

A subsequent election is set for Spring 2022 to fill Pounds’ position on council.

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