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2 incumbents, former member win Myrtle Beach City Council election

The three unofficial winners. Source: Conor McCue The three unofficial winners. Source: Conor McCue
Mary Jeffcoat Mary Jeffcoat
Michael Chestnut Michael Chestnut
Phil Render Phil Render

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Two incumbents will return to the Myrtle Beach City Council, and a woman who served in the City Council in the 1980s will return to serve in January 2016, according to preliminary election results.

Michael Chestnut and Phil Render will return to their seats on the Myrtle Beach City Council, with 1888 and 1894 votes respectively; each have about 21 percent of the votes, according to the unofficial results released Tuesday night.

“We want to maintain our sound, fiscal position that this city has always had.," said Render, when asked about what voters can expect. "We want to continue to evaluate our employees, and make sure not just police and fire, but all of our employees, are paid adequately for the great job they do for the citizens of Myrtle Beach.”

“They can expect us to continue these downtown improvements in the downtown area, whether it’s the oceanfront area, and also in our neighborhoods," said Chestnut, when asked the same question. "We’ve got to still be concerned about what’s going on in our neighborhoods.”

Mary Jeffcoat, who served two terms in the city council in 1983 and 1987, received 1539 votes, or 17 percent of the vote.

Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea says the number of votes Jeffcoat needed to avoid a runoff was 1476.

 “People should know that I’m a hard worker that I have some strong feelings and some strong opinions," said Jeffcoat. "I will listen to what they want to do, like certainly keeping taxes low. I really want to build a new library."

There were only three seats up for grabs in this election.

Jackie Vereen, a local business owner and president of the Ocean Merchants Association, had the fourth-highest county with 1,314 votes, 15 percent of the total.

See more information and interviews with all 8 candidates who ran for seats on the Myrtle Beach City Council here.

See all the results from around our area on our election results page here.

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