Harry Griffin, 22, voted to Charleston City Council in runoff election
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
(* = Won seat)
There’s a new Charleston City Councilman, and he's only 22 years old.
Harry Griffin became one of the youngest Charleston City Council members ever elected Tuesday night when he beat out Summer Massey in a runoff election for the District 10 seat, representing West Ashley.
“The easy part is over, the real work starts now,” Griffin said to a crowd at his Shadow Moss celebration party. “I’ve got to work with our City Council members, I’ve got to get to know them a little bit better, ultimately, I’m going to always put District 10 first.”
Griffin defeated Massey, 446-347, with more than 56 percent of the vote. Once he's sworn in, Griffin will replace Dean Riegel, who pulled in only 17 percent of votes in the general election Nov. 7.
Riegel was there to celebrate with Griffin at an election watch party.
“The future is in our young people and to have someone of Harry’s caliber come out and work as hard as he did, it’s just wonderful,” Riegel said.
Griffin said he plans to make good on campaign promises regarding traffic and flooding.
“We've got to fix the drainage, we've got to fix the flooding, we've got to fix the traffic, we've got to cease the over development,” Griffin said Tuesday.
Griffin said the problems with flooding are at the top of his priority.
“$44 Million is a lot of money, but the city has to put that need first. West Ashley has been an afterthought for too long, is time that district 10 become a priority,” Griffin said.
in other runoff races Tuesday, incumbent William Dudley Gregorie got 51 percent of the vote to defeat Amy Brennan, 482-450, for Charleston City Council District 6 (James Island, Peninsula).
Gregorie lost to Brennan by one vote, 411-410, in the general election, but neither secured the necessary 50-percent plus-one majority to be declared an outright winner, thanks to write-in votes.
Polling records show more people voted in the runoff Tuesday between Gregorie and Brennan (932) than in the general election (828).
Other runoff election results in Charleston County are as follows:
ISLE OF PALMS CITY COUNCIL
- John Moye* - (919 / 47.40%)
- Ryan Buckhannon* - (740 / 38.16%)
- Jonathan Gandolfo - (280 14.44%)
MAYOR OF LINCOLNVILLE
- Charles B. Duberry* - (120 votes / 58.25%)
- Tyrone E. Aiken - (86 / 41.75%)
LINCOLNVILLE TOWN COUNCIL
- Karla Locklear* (93 / 50.82%)
- Sandra K. Brown (90 / 49.18%)
(* = Won seat)
(ABC News 4's Drew Tripp contributed information to this report)