Friday, November 8, 2013
The Georgetown County Election Commission certified the votes from Tuesday’s election on Thursday morning.
For the non-partisan Andrews election, there were nine challenged ballots and eight of those were counted.
But, there was no change to the winners in that race.
With 448 votes cast, the official winners are David Tisdale with 268 votes, Eddie Lee with 312, and Sudha Patel with 252.
Georgetown City Council race
Donna Mahn, county elections director, said nearly 38 percent of the city's registered voters cast a ballot Tuesday, which was up from the 26 percent that voted in the last municipal election in 2011. Of the 5,861 registered voters in Georgetown, 2,203 votes were cast.
The commission found that a recount was needed in the Georgetown City Council race, but after the recount, there were no changes to the winners in that race either.
The official winners are Carol Jayroe (R) with 1,048 votes, Ed Kimbrough (R) with 990, and Brendon Barber (D) with 988.
The news was not good for two of the three incumbents seeking reelection to their city council seats. Both Jeanette Ard and Paige Sawyer were defeated. Barber was the only incumbent successful in being reelected.
Barber said he looks forward to working with the new members of council.
“I feel blessed. This is going into my fifth term. I would like to thank all the voters for participating in the process,” Barber said, adding he wants to meet with Jayroe and Kimbrough to find ways “to take Georgetown to where it needs to be — which is superstar status.”
Jayroe and Kimbrough enjoyed a gathering with supporters at the Rice Paddy Restaurant after their victories were announced.
Kimbrough said he is excited about the chance to serve on council although he was hoping it would have been with Powers as mayor.
“I am sorry he will not be with us but I feel going forward we can make a big difference and work with the existing city council and mayor and hopefully progress Georgetown to where it needs to be,” Kimbrough said.
Jayroe said after taking office she has some things she would like to accomplish but, for now, she is not revealing the ideas.
“We have talked about a list of priorities but I will save that for another day,” she said.
Jack Scoville officially won the mayoral race with 1,092 votes, with Republican challenger Richard Powers receiving 1,052 votes.
Mahn said that since Scoville won by an outright majority, with 51 percent of the vote, there was no recount required.
"I feel very good. These anonymous groups that were backing my opponent spent supposedly around $50,000. So we were outspent 10 to 1,” Scoville said. “And when you think about that, it's kind of amazing I won at all. So, I thank my campaign workers who worked tirelessly and the people of Georgetown who turned out to vote for me.”
Donald Gilliard, campaign consultant for Scoville, said that with a large turnout in the Maryville section of Georgetown, which has mostly Republican voters, Scoville and Barber, both Democrats, won their offices thanks to more than 400 absentee ballots.
Georgetown County Republican Party chairman Randy Hollister agreed that the absentee ballots made the difference in the mayoral race.
“It was truly a numbers game,” Gilliard said. “The absentee process allowed us to absorb a heavy Republican vote coming out of Maryville. Hopefully, this community can heal from the negative campaign. We are one community and now we need to get about the business of growth for the city.”
Pawleys Town Council
Pawleys Island Town Council had the same amount of candidates as seats open, so the town had no election.
Councilmember Mary McAlister did not seek re-election. She has been replaced by Howard Ward. The incumbents are mayor Bill Otis, and councilmembers Mike Adams, Glennie Tarbox Jr. and Sara Zimmerman.
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