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The unofficial results from Tuesday's Democratic primary show two incumbents retaining their seats on Georgetown City Council.

Incumbents Al Joseph and Clarence Smalls were joined by Hobson Henry Milton as the top vote-getters. Three terms on the city's seven-member council will expire at the end of this year.

Smalls, who's been on council since the 1990s, earned the most votes with 555 while Milton had 432 votes. Joseph had 411 votes, enough to beat out incumbent Sheldon Butts' 399 votes. Former councilwoman Jeanette Ard received 341 votes.

In all, 990 ballots were cast in the primary with voters allowed to choose up to three candidates. No Republicans filed for the election, meaning the winners of Tuesday's primary will earn seats on council unless an independent candidate emerges ahead of the November election.

Joseph and Butts are currently serving their first term on council. Milton, a retired longshoreman in his early 60s, ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2013. He has previously served on various boards and commissions, including the city and Georgetown County planning boards.

After Tuesday's results were posted at the county's Elections Office, Milton told the Georgetown Times he looks forward to working with council.

"See if we can't get some things done," he said. "I can't do it by myself, I got to do it with (council)."

Joseph said he's honored to be able to continue serving the city.

"We have made so much progress in the last four to six years. We have got to continue on the same track we're going on right now, regardless of the make up of council," he said.

The new council will be sworn in next January. Until then, Butts said he will continue to work hard on the city's behalf.

"I'm going to swallow this pill," and move forward, Butts said Tuesday.

No provisional ballots were counted during the election certification on Thursday.

The Georgetown Times will publish officials results for each precinct once they are made available.

Unofficial results

  • Clarence Smalls - 555
  • Hobson Henry Milton - 432
  • Al Joseph - 411
  • Sheldon Butts - 399
  • Jeanette Ard - 341