Friday, June 14, 2013
Georgetown residents will not know until June 25 who the Democratic nominee for the mayor’s seat will be in November.
That’s because none of the three candidates on Tuesday’s Democratic Primary ballot — incumbent Jack Scoville, Councilman Rudolph Bradley and newcomer Marty Tennant — received a majority of the vote.
The runoff will be between Scoville and Bradley.
When the votes were certified Thursday by the Georgetown County Board of Elections, the tallies showed 19.7 percent of the city’s 5,859 registered voters cast a ballot Tuesday.
Scoville received 529 votes (46.9%), followed by Bradley’s 489 votes (43.2%).
Newcomer Marty Tennant received 111 votes (9.8%).
Tennant, in an e-mail sent after the vote count, encouraged his supporters to vote for Bradley if a runoff is required.
“I’d like to thank my supporters for their votes. I would encourage them to vote for Rudolph Bradley in the runoff, if required, so we can bring new leadership to our City,” Tennant, who received 188 votes when he ran for mayor in 2009, wrote.
Bradley said he plans to seek out those voters but he also said Thursday if all of his supporters had voted Tuesday, he would have won “by a landslide.”
Bradley also noted Scoville’s victory occurred because of absentee voters, not because of voters who cast ballots Tuesday.
Scoville received 181 absentee votes compared to Bradley’s 77. Tennant received four.
“I am thankful I am getting a second chance to prove I am the right man for the job,” Bradley said.
Scoville also said he is glad he made the runoff, but added if Tennant had not been in the race Bradley may have won Tuesday.
He said Bradley is a formidable candidate that “may be hard to beat.”
The runoff is a repeat of 2009. In that primary runoff, Scoville had a 111-vote win, 673 to 562.
Whoever wins the Democratic Primary will face Republican Richard Powers in November.
City Council seats
A runoff is not expected in the race for Democratic nominees for the three expiring council seats.
However, a mandatory recount will take place today to make sure one is not necessary.
On Tuesday, incumbent Brendon Barber received the most votes — 657 or 29 percent.
He was followed by newcomer Doris Simmons who received 584 votes, or 25.8 percent.
Incumbent Jeanette Ard received 512 votes, or 22.6 percent
Newcomer Hobson Henry Milton received 507 votes, or 22.4 percent.
County Elections Director Donna Mahn said because less than one percent separated Ard and Milton, a recount is required.
The Republicans for the seats that will be on the November ballot are: Incumbent Paige Sawyer — and challengers Carol Jayroe and Ed Kimbrough.
By Scott Harper