By Barney Blakeney
The Town of Hollywood June 4 elected new municipal leadership with the election of a new mayor and two new town councilmembers. Former councilman John Dunmyer upset two-term Mayor Jacquelyn Heyward. Chardale Murray outpaced all the candidates with 583 votes to lead incumbent Althea Salters and Handy Miles Jr. to seats on the six-member council. Only about 900 votes were cast in the town where there are just over 4,000 registered voters. In the mayoral race Dunmyer received 504 votes to wrest the mayor’s seat from Heyward who received 414 votes.
On Yonges Island where westward Charleston County development fast is taking advantage of home sales costs that ranges from $300,000-$500,000, growth was a central theme among the candidates. Getting the town on solid footing through efficient business practices propelled Dunmyer and Murray their new roles.
Retired Army Major Dunmyer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Voorhees College in Denmark, a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and has accumulated 26 hours towards a Master’s Degree in Education at The Citadel. He has been the Director and Senior Army Instructor for Burke High School Army Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) since 1997. His campaign slogan was “Smart growth with responsible planning”.
Murray, with her brother Rev. Charlie Murray own and operate Murray’s Mortuary, Inc.in North Charleston. .At 17 while working for Harleston-Boags Funeral Home in Charleston, she became the state’s youngest funeral home manager. In 2004 the siblings established Murray’s Mortuary, Inc. Chardale Murray then became the state’s youngest funeral home owner/director.