Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Election results 2017: Incumbents lose their footing, affordable housing gets a "yes"

A little over 15 percent of voters turned out to unseat their councilmembers

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 9:29 AM

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Incumbent candidates suffered the biggest blows at the ballot box according to early results for Tuesday's municipal elections.

Newcomers beat experience in Charleston City Council members in Districts 2 and 12.

In District 2, insurance salesman Kevin Shealy defeated incumbent Rodney Williams for the seat representing West Ashley. In District 12, three-termer Kathleen Wilson lost her James Island seat to retired non-profit executive Carol Jackson. Both lost by double digits as of preliminary results last reported by the county on Tuesday night.

A run-off, which would take place on Nov. 21, is likely in Districts 6 and 10.

The race for District 6, between Amy Brennan and William Dudley Gregory was down to one vote on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the three-way race between Harry Joseph Griffin, Summer Massey, and Dean Riegel resulted in most of the votes going to Massey, though none of the candidates cleared the necessary 50 percent hurdle.

In good news for affordable housing, the $20 million bond referendum was approved by 70 percent of voters. The bond is expected to bring close to 800 units to the Charleston area, with rents from those same units, as well as existing ones, paying for the loan.

Additionally, 28-year-old Marvin Pendarvis is headed to Columbia. The lawyer was elected to represent District 113, which includes parts of Summerville and North Charleston, in the state House.

Will Haynie won the mayorship of Mt. Pleasant, wining double the votes of opponent Linda Page.

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