Local businesswoman Carol Jayroe, trying to be placed on November’s ballot as a petition candidate for Georgetown City Council, turned in hundreds of signatures Wednesday.

Jayroe needs 262 valid signatures of people who live within the City of Georgetown and are registered voters. She submitted 562 names to the County Elections Office at 10 a.m.

She was joined by a group of supporters who waited outside the office as she filled out the required paperwork.

Jayroe told the group of supporters the city needs new leadership who will work hard making Georgetown a better place.

Donna Mahn, director of Georgetown County Elections and Registration, said each signature must be checked to make sure they are a registered city voter. If 262 signatures are deemed valid, Jayroe will be placed on November’s ballot.

Jayroe, if certified, would face Democratic incumbents Peggy Wayne, Rudolph Bradley and Clarence Smalls as well as Republican newcomer Jim Moody. Three seats need to be filled in November.

Jayroe, 53, is co-owner of Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty, a  real estate company in Pawleys Island.

She said her “extensive background in the world of business and finance will be an invaluable asset to the City of Georgetown.”

Jayroe said she has been asked many times through the years to run for a city council seat but  her job and motherhood dominated most of her time.

Her son is now an adult which, she said, gives her more time to devote to city issues.

By Scott Harper