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Summerville Town Council remains the same after election

Kima Garten-Schmidt speaks about the importance of every vote. (WCIV)

All three incumbents in the Summerville Town Council races Tuesday won re-election. One victory was a landslide, another was extremely close. Something all races had in common -- low voter turnout.

Shortly after polls closed at 7 p.m. unofficial results were available.

Aaron Brown was re-elected to his seat in Summerville's District 1 by an overwhelming percentage of votes (80%). Walter Bailey won his seat again in District 3 with 62 percent of the votes. Kima Garten-Schmidt narrowly won re-election over challenger Marty Boyle by a difference of 12 votes.

In reference to the low voter turnout, Garten-Schmidt said it played a role in her race.

"It’s really important to go out and vote, because your whole future, your town depends on that," she said.

Garten-Schmidt argued every vote matters, especially in close local races like hers.

"That makes a difference if two or three, four people say, ‘oh, I’n not gonna go vote,'" she said.

The watch party for all three candidates was held at the Summerville Country Club, and it was a bit tense at times as preliminary results were red for Garten-Schmidt.

As far as the future is concerned for the Town of Summerville, Garten-Schmidt and Bailey both said they play to address traffic concerns in the upcoming year.

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