A township in Sumter County will elect a new mayor next week, and the only candidate on the ticket is both a new and old face.
The Town of Pinewood is holding a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to fill its mayoral seat after longtime mayor …
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The Town of Pinewood is holding a special election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to fill its mayoral seat after longtime mayor Sarah Mathis resigned earlier this summer. Jackie Spann was the only person to file for the election. While the ballot allows for write-ins, Spann is looking to move from his current post on the Pinewood Town Council to a first-time mayor. He filed for the seat on July 19, five days after filing opened.
He is currently one of four council members representing the 538-resident town, according to the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Pinewood runs a mayor-council form of government and usually holds general elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even years.
"I've always said I'm not a politician; I'm a servant," Spann said. "I spent 24 years in the military [Air Force], and one of my tours was in Afghanistan, and I said to myself if I get out of here alive with all my body parts, I will go home to serve my community in whatever capacity I can."
That led Spann to run for a council seat around 2012 in the town where he grew up.
He said Pinewood used to be a small yet booming rural town before a younger generation moved away and industries closed or found other homes. He wants to move Pinewood forward "together" with his other elected officials and neighbors. His visions include addressing infrastructure, finding small-town funding, supporting community spaces for children, paving dirt roads and generally adding a bustle back into Pinewood.
According to Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections, Pinewood will hold another special election because once Spann is elected mayor, he must resign from his council post. She said details about that election will come together once he submits that resignation.
Mayesville sees mayoral challenge in November
Sumter's other town is also holding an election this year, but this one is as planned.
General elections in Mayesville will be on Nov. 5 for mayor and two of four council seats.
Two-term Mayor Jereleen Hollimon-Miller is seeking reelection and will face challenger George Gibson for the seat, while incumbents Nancy Williams and Cynthia Massingill and challenger Eric Jackson will vie for the first- and second-most votes for town council seats 1 and 2.
All seats are nonpartisan to represent the town of 731, according to MASC.
Turbeville will have two new council members, mayor
A town in Clarendon County will join Mayesville's local election on Nov. 5.
Also in a non-partisan general election, Kathryn Turbeville was the only candidate to file for mayor in Turbeville, which has a population of 766. She is currently a council member.
Four challengers are running for two of four Turbeville Town Council seats after no incumbents chose to seek reelection. The top two vote-getters of Tammy Hicks, Alyce Atkinson, Doyl Gray and Marion Dukes will win the seats, according to Shirley Black-Oliver, director of Clarendon County Voter Registration.
*More information on November elections will run closer to the date in special Election 2020 coverage.
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