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New mayor chosen in Surfside Beach election

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SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Surfside Beach voters chose a new mayor in the Municipal Election Tuesday.

According to an unofficial results document released by Surfside Beach Town Clerk Debra Hermann, Mayor Allen Deaton was ousted by voters, losing to the only other candidate Douglas Samples. The report state that Samples received 662 votes while Mayor Deaton collected 215 votes.

Mary Beth Mabry received the most votes in the Town Council race.

While all results are subject to certification, Doug Samples and Mary Beth Mabry will be seated.

[Click here to view unofficial election results PDF.doc]

If it is determined at the Certification Hearing April 5 at 10 a.m., that a runoff election is necessary it appears that Bob Childs, Mark Johnson, and Randle Stevens will be in the runoff for the two remaining council seats, according to Hermann.

Controversy has impacted Surfside in the recent months, most currently surrounding the pier.  Residents question the vacant spot at the pier, asking when a business will move in.

WMBF talked to Surfside residents Sunday, asking them what they'd like to see change in Surfside as a result of the election.

Resident Rich Vanus said he loves living in Surfside, but he would like to see one specific change.

"I only have one negative about the whole city and that is that the traffic violations are too excessive. I think some of the minor ones could be overlooked. They do have a large influx of people and I know they wanna keep it right, but sometimes I think they could give people a pass," Vanus said.

Al Emma, an area resident thinks some of the streets are confusing. He adds, if they are confusing for residents, they must be extra difficult for tourists.

"If DOT (Department of Transportation) will put some signs up somewhere, or explain where you could make these turns. You got open spots, you got solid lines, it's just confusing," Emma said.

Surfside held a meet and greet forum Thursday for anyone who wanted to meet the candidates.

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