Election results trickle in across Lowcountry
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Shortly before 9 p.m., finals numbers from Election Night started to trickle in, making political futures for many across the Lowcountry.
In Walterboro, Judy Bridge and Dwayne Buckner share the lead for the single council member seat there. Bridge has 175 votes and Buckner has 169 votes.
Tony Hamilton finished third in the race with 108 votes.
In Dorchester County, with all 75 precincts reporting, it's clear the local sales tax referendum will not pass. The measure failed with 7,070 voting against it and 3,550 voting for it. This is the fourth time residents there have nixed the sales tax hike.
In the Summerville Town Council race, Walter Bailey appears to have locked up the race with 535 votes to John Hinson's 172. In Harleyville, Susan Bishop and Brenda Davis will move into the two open seats there after their victories Tuesday night.
Throughout Dorchester County, elections officials say voter turnout was low, with only about 10 percent of registered voters casting their ballots.
In Mount Pleasant, Linda Page's bid for mayor was confirmed. She picked up 6,254 votes. She was followed by Joe Bustos, Ken Glasson, George Freeman, and Carl Carroll.
In the Mount Pleasant Town Council Race, Mark Smith, Gary Santos, Elton Carrier, and Paul Gawrych all secured seats.
In the Mount Pleasant Waterworks race, John Burn and Rick Crosby pulled out victories.
In the Town of Andrews, Eddie Lee, Sudha Patel and David Tisdale secured seats on the council.
In Charleston City Council elections, Rodney Williams in District 2, Robert Mitchell in District 4, Willaim Dudley Gregorie in District 6, and Mike Seekings in District 8 all joined the council.
In the Charleston Public Works Race, Williams Koopman and Catherine LaFond will head to a runoff election.
In Georgetown, Jack Scoville will keep his seat as mayor. In the council race, Carol Jayroe, Ed Kimbrough and Brendon Moses Barber all secured seats.
In Beaufort County, two seats were open for the Bluffton Council. Larry Toomer won his seat easily and Oliver Brown squeaked out a close call against Mike Raymond. In the Port Royal race, Vernon de Loach and Mary Beth Gray-Howard won the two open seats.
Beaufort County officials reported that it only saw 9 percent voter turnout.
On the Isle of Palms, Dick Cronin secured another term, beating Ryan Buckhannon by nearly 11 percent of the vote. In the City Council race, all four candidates -- Barbara Bergwerf, Marty Bettelli, Sandy Ferencz, and Patrick Harrington -- won. Dana Love won the Water and Sewer Commission seat over Curtis Helfrich.
On Seabrook Island, Terry Ahearn decidedly won the mayoral seat with 79 percent of the vote. In the town council race, Ronald Ciancio, John Gregg, Donald Romano, and John Turner won. Jeff Bostock won the Seabrook Isalnd Utility Commission seat with 99 percent of the vote.
In the town of Awendaw, Miriam Green won the mayoral election with 67 percent of the vote.
In other mayoral races around Charleston County, Tyrone Aiken and Charles Duberry are in a virtual dead heat. Aiken has 85 votes; Duberry has 88. Rutledge Leland III easily won the McClellanville mayoral race with 97 percent of the vote.
In the Ravenel Town Council race, only two people ran for the three open seats, so both Robert Cochran and Haarold Dukes Jr. grabbed seats on the council.
Charleston County reports that voter turnout was 11.62 percent. There were 18,604 votes cast in the night's races.