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Chas., N. Chas. Incumbent Councilmen Hold Off Challengers To Remain In Office
11/4/2015 3:52:53 PM

Michael A. Brown

Sam Hart

Dorothy Williams

James Lewis
By Barney Blakeney

Council races Nov. 3 produced some unexpected surprises.

In Charleston Dist. 3 Councilman James Lewis managed to hang onto the seat he’s held over 20 years. And in North Charleston political neophyte Michael A. Brown managed to upset incumbent Ed Astle in North Charleston Dist. 1.

Municipal council races were overshadowed by mayoral races in both cities although they held substantial political consequences. In North Charleston a “Dream Team” of candidates sought to unseat incumbents in eight of the cities 10 council districts. The the ‘Dream Team consisted of Michael A. Brown in Dist. 1, Raymond Lloyd in Dist. 2, Sean Middleton in Dist. 5, Jesse Middleton in Dist. 6, St. Julian Corey Van Hannegeyn in Dist. 7, Marvin Pendarvis in Dist. 8 and Anjene Davis in Dist. 10.

Only Brown was successful. His success rested on typically low voter turnout in the district 1 elections. In 2011 Astle won the election with only 281 votes. Brown took the seat Tuesday with over 400 votes.

Despite calls for change in North Charleston districts where incumbents held seats more than two decades, that change did not occur Tuesday. Twenty-year incumbent mayor Keith Summey ushered in the re-elections of Dorothy Williams in Dist. 6 and Sam Hart in Dist. 7. Both have served some 24 years in their respective seats.

Incumbent Bob King also cruised to re-election after more than 20 years in office with a decisive win Tuesday.

Lewis’ victory in Charleston ran counter to the victories of Shawn Pinkston who defeated incumbent Gary White in Charleston Dist. 1 and Peter Shahid who defeated incumbent Aubry Alexander in Charleston Dist. 9. Lewis beat out two challengers with more than 50 percent of the vote. Incumbents Marvin Wagner in Dist. 5, Keith Waring in Dist. 7 and Bill Moody in Dist. 11 also held on to their seats despite challenges.

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: James B Smalls Submitted: 11/4/2015
I don't know about any other places, but there was either extreme disorganization, or some actions bordering on illegal at the polling place I used.....

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