Downtown seat on Charleston County School Board to be filled by Todd Garrett

Industrial real estate broker Todd Garrett has won the downtown seat on the Charleston County School Board.

Garrett won with about 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results released late Thursday afternoon.

“I’m very relieved,” he said. “I’ve been working at it since February. I’m most grateful for the support of different groups.”

No one qualified to be listed on the ballot for that seat, so candidates had to be elected by write-in. Charleston County election officials didn’t finish tabulating the results until after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Garrett was nominated by the county Legislative Delegation and appointed by the governor to fill an unexpired term on the board. He was sworn into office at a board meeting on Oct. 22, and he served a two-week term before the Nov. 6 election.

Garrett will join three other new board members: retired business executive John Barter, retired military colonel Tom Ducker and barbershop owner Michael Miller, according to unofficial election results. Incumbents Chris Collins and Chris Fraser also were re-elected. Incumbent Brian Thomas lost his seat.

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