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Conway citizens welcome new mayor

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – After seven years, the citizens of Conway welcome Barbara Blain-Bellamy as the city’s new mayor.

WMBF News spoke with business owners and residents of Conway the Wednesday after elections.

While some were hesitant towards the change, others were excited.  

“It was, it was nail-biting at the end. A lot of people did not look forward to change. Things that had been put in place, had been rolling, and people are nervous the work that's been done in the past is going to fall apart,” Sheila Walberg-Oneil said.

Sheila Walberg-Oneil, owner of 3rd Avenue Home in Downtown Conway, went on to mention the road projects completed in the city and the success of the C-S.T.A.N.D. program. While others like Jack Terry with Terry’s Custom Framing didn’t deny Alys Lawson had a great run as mayor, they were excited for change.

“She's done a good job but change is always good,” Terry said.

Some feel Blain-Bellamy has some big shoes to fill.

“Actively, I'll be watching the new mayor. I voted for Alys, and I support everything she's done, but change is good and hopefully the new mayor will tighten up the boot-straps and keep it going,” Walberg Oneil said.

After two times voting for Alys Lawson, Terry decided it was time to vote for the other candidate, Blain-Bellamy.

“Well I voted for Barbara, I've known her for years and Alys has been there for two years, and I thought it was time to try somebody else and see what they can do,” Terry said.

Some found closure in Blain-Bellamy's history on council and knowing she has been a part of the city's progression to this point.

“It is comforting, she's been on the council for ten years, she’s been a part of downtown, so that will definitely help in the easing into the new from the old,” Oneil said.

“I think she'll do a good job,” Terry said.

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