Runoff declared between Justin Evans, Casey Hancock in Hartsville mayor’s race

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 9:04 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 11:18 PM EDT
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HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WMBF) – Hartsville residents will have to head back to the polls in a couple of weeks to decide the city’s next mayor.

Justin Evans and Casey Hancock will face-off in a runoff election after not receiving enough votes to go over the 50% threshold. Evans received 38% of the vote while Hancock garnered 31%.

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Evans, the CEO of Evans Public Affairs, said that he expected a runoff with five candidates in the running. He said now it’s time to get back to the campaign trail and continue his public safety first message.

“Now we’ve got two weeks to get not only our folks out, but pull other folks to our side and hopefully our vision for economic development and public safety will resonate,” Evans said.

Hancock, who owns Wild Heart Brewing Company right outside of downtown Hartsville, said he’s humbled to advance in the race.

He said it’s about people, not politics, and he’s happy to see so many people support him.

“I’m a servant to the people of Hartsville, and I’m going to keep doing that over the next two weeks. I’m going to do the work required to convince the people of Hartsville that’s what I’m about and that’s what I’m going to do,” Hancock said.

The runoff election will take place on Nov. 16.

The winner of the runoff will be the first new mayor the city of Hartsville has seen in over a decade.

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