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Former Atlantic Beach Town Manager runs for Mayor

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - William Booker was the town manager for four years until he was terminated in November of last year, and now, along with current mayor Jake Evans and Darnell Price, he’s running for mayor.

William Booker was let go in November of 2014. He says it was because he was no longer seeing eye to eye with some on council.

“…came to a point where we didn't agree on a direction for the town and how the town should be managed and lead,” Booker explained.

William Booker says the parting of ways is what lead him to run for mayor.

“Right now I'm sure that no one knows that the town even exists. we need to take things-- and be more business-like and more involved with other communities because we are a part of the grand strand,” Booker said.

Booker mentioned working with the governor and her visit to the town after a violent Bikefest.

“When the governor came, there was nearly no interaction between the governor and the council,” Booker said.

Since then, Booker says a few Atlantic Beach town leaders have met with Governor Haley. “….but no one knows what's been discussed, no one knows what the governor is offering, no one knows what's available to the town, it's just we don't know what the situation is. And I think it would be important to the people of the town, to have some input with their representatives... in terms of what they see is important whether it's the Bikefest or not the Bikefest,” Booker said.

Booker says both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach benefit more from the event, that originated in Atlantic Beach, than the actual town of Atlantic Beach. “…in fact, last year the town only made $28,000 and it's a lot to go into to have all of that confusion only to make $28,000,” Booker explained.

In previous years, Booker says the town has made more than $60,000.

“We sorely need leadership, in terms of strategic thinking, and visioning for the town, because unless you have a vision, you don't know where you're going,” Booker said.

Mayor Jake Evans tells WMBF News he should be re-elected for mayor because he does have a plan for the future of the town that involves continuing efforts with transparency and audits and economic development. Evans also noted that the town’s 50th anniversary as a municipality is coming up, and he’s been a citizen of Atlantic Beach for all 50 years.

WMBF News reached out to the third candidate, Darnell Price, but did not hear back.

The election is on November 3rd. 

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