No winners declared in Surfside Beach election - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

No winners declared in Surfside Beach election

(Source: WMBF News) (Source: WMBF News)

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – No winners were declared in Tuesday’s general election in Surfside Beach, and a runoff later this month may be required.

Voters in the town went to the polls to cast their votes for mayor and to fill four open town council seats.

However, because it was a non-partisan race, a winner couldn’t be declared until there was a majority, according to town clerk Debra Herrmann.

In the race for mayor between incumbent Doug Samples and current Town Councilman Bob Childs, 878 votes were cast, according to unofficial results. One of the candidates needed 439 votes to be declared the winner.

The unofficial results were:

  • Bob Childs – 436
  • Doug Samples – 430
  • Write-in Votes – 12

For the general election for three town council seats, 2,259 votes were cast. A winner would need 376.5 votes, which is based on the total number of votes divided by the number of seats looking to be filled, according to Herrmann. That number would then be divided by two.

As was the case with the mayor’s race, none of the eight candidates received a majority. The unofficial results based on Tuesday’s election were:

  • Vicki Blair – 252
  • Mark Johnson (incumbent) – 365
  • Mary Beth Mabry (incumbent) – 334
  • Ron Ott – 308
  • Wanda Spannuth – 268
  • Randle Stevens (incumbent) – 293
  • Holly Ann Watson – 266
  • Stanley J. Wrobel – 160
  • Write-in Votes – 13

A special election was also held Tuesday to fill a seat left vacant by the passing of Town Councilman Ralph Magliette last October, according to Herrmann. The victor, she added, would need 404 out of the total 808 votes cast.

The unofficial results in that race were:

  • Vicki Blair – 230
  • Tim Courtney – 301
  • Steve Shore – 171
  • Stanley J. Wrobel – 98
  • Write-in Votes – 8

Herrmann said the certification hearing for Tuesday’s results is Thursday at 10 a.m. There are some challenge ballots that will be read and a winner could be certified.

If a clear winner is still not announced in any of the races, the town will hold a special election on Tuesday, April 19, which will feature a limited number of names on the ballot and no write-in candidates, according to Herrmann.

“It was a hotly-contested election,” Herrmann said about Tuesday’s contest.

And it was also one that had some town residents upset.

In the weeks and months leading up to Tuesday’s election a number of anonymous flyers wound up in mailboxes and door frames. One was emboldened with the town emblem and referred to Surfside Beach residents as town complainers.

Others bashed the candidates running for mayor and town council. One even depicted Samples as a monkey.

Related stories:

Unsanctioned election fliers distributed in Surfside Beach

Flyers bashing Surfside Beach candidates running for mayor and town council plague mailboxes

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Breaking

    Man charged with murder after fatal shooting in Florence County

    Man charged with murder after fatal shooting in Florence County

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:01:33 GMT
    Bryan Seidle. (Source: Florence County Detention Center)Bryan Seidle. (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

    A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following a verbal fight and fatal shooting in Florence County Saturday night. Bryan Austin Seidle has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting, which happened on East Circle Lane in Florence County at about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

    More >>

    A 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder following a verbal fight and fatal shooting in Florence County Saturday night. Bryan Austin Seidle has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting, which happened on East Circle Lane in Florence County at about 10 p.m. Saturday, according to Major Mike Nunn with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Heavy rain arrives overnight, brings threat of flash flooding tomorrow

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Heavy rain arrives overnight, brings threat of flash flooding tomorrow

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:32:00 GMT
    Flash Flood Watch in effect MondayFlash Flood Watch in effect Monday

    Heavy rain begins early Monday morning, causing impacts on outdoor plans and holiday travel for Memorial Day. The First Alert Weather Team continues to analyze the threat of flash flooding and up to 2" to 5" of rain, and has declared Monday as a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. 

    More >>

    Heavy rain begins early Monday morning, causing impacts on outdoor plans and holiday travel for Memorial Day. The First Alert Weather Team continues to analyze the threat of flash flooding and up to 2" to 5" of rain, and has declared Monday as a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. 

    More >>
  • SLIDESHOW: Check out these custom bikes in town for Bikefest

    SLIDESHOW: Check out these custom bikes in town for Bikefest

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:11 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:11:27 GMT
    (Source: Michelle Rollins)(Source: Michelle Rollins)
    (Source: Michelle Rollins)(Source: Michelle Rollins)

    Thousands of bikers riding all types of custom motorcycles are in the Grand Strand this weekend for Memorial Day Bikefest. Viewer Michelle Rollins sent several photos of some of the amazing custom bikes on the streets this weekend.

    More >>

    Thousands of bikers riding all types of custom motorcycles are in the Grand Strand this weekend for Memorial Day Bikefest. Viewer Michelle Rollins sent several photos of some of the amazing custom bikes on the streets this weekend.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly