PICKENS COUNTY — Two mayoral races and several seats on city and town councils were up for grabs on Tuesday as municipal elections were held throughout the county.
Let’s get right to it …
In Liberty, the top spot was vacant following former Mayor Eric Boughman’s decision not to seek reelection. City Councilman Brian Petersen filed to run and seemed to be be a shoo-in until a last minute filing by Dan Parsons right before the cutoff.
Certified official results from the Pickens County Board of Elections have Petersen topping Parsons 233 to 186.
With 53.22 percent of the vote, welcome Mayor Petersen.
“Because Mr. Brian Petersen is the current Liberty City Council Ward 4 office holder and Mayor Elect, a special election will be required to fill the Liberty City Council Ward 4 position,” the election Board stated. “The date of the special election will be determined as soon as our office receives Mr. Petersen’s resignation letter from the Ward 4 Seat.”
Also in Liberty, the results have write-in candidate Bradley Dover defeating Crystal Smith 281 to 127.
According to the Pickens County Board of Elections, there are 2,070 registered voters in Liberty — 424 of them came out to the polls.
Over in Central, Mayor Mac Martin will retain his seat with 102 votes to write-in candidate Cory Owens’ 80.
The Central Town Council had three seats to fill and four people running.
According to official results, Paige Bowers, Ken Dill and Brandon Thomas will snag those seats with 115, 119 and 113 votes respectively.
Doug Barry pulled in 70 votes.
Overall, Central had the second lowest voter turnout in the county: only 194 people came out to vote.
In Norris, Keith Martin, Lawrence McClure Jr. and write-in Jay Littleton were vying for two available seats on the Town Council. Martin landed 20 votes and McClure 24.
The write-in, Littleton, only gathered 6 votes, according to election results.
Norris also had the lowest turnout for election night in the County with only 36 people casting ballots.
Last but not least, Pickens …
Pickens had three City Council seats to fill and four people running.
Patrick Lark, Donnie McKinney and Donna F. Owen had 158, 163 and 194 votes respectively leaving Edgar J. Leese the odd man out with an even 70 votes.
Pickens had a voter turnout of 11.92 percent.
All election results were certified as official by the Pickens County Board of Elections on Nov. 9.
The following candidates were automatically elected when no opponent ran against them:
Kent Dykes — Easley City Council Ward 2
Terry Moore — Easley City Council Ward 4
Jim Robinson — Easley City Council Ward 6
Nick Caldwell — Easley Combined Utilities
Chuck Powell — Liberty City Council at Large
Chris Carroll — Liberty City Council Ward 2
James A. Atkinson — Six Mile Town Council
Jadd M. Smith — Six Mile Town Council.