Incumbent Charleston City Councilman Blake Hallman loses re-election
Charleston City Council appears to be getting a new face, while another councilman has successfully avoided a runoff by turning back three challengers.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s city of Charleston elections give Rodney Williams a win in knocking off incumbent councilman Blake Hallman for the District 2 seat in West Ashley.
Final tallies gave Williams 56 percent to Hallman’s 44 percent in what was considered a re-match of four years ago.
Meanwhile, in a fight that many thought would go to a runoff, incumbent William Dudley Gregorie of downtown Charleston took an overwhelming win in his District 6 seat.
With all precincts reporting, Dudley Gregorie had 62 percent of the vote, followed by Joe Good at 17 percent; Lauretta Lemon Dailey at 11 percent; Benjamin D’Allesandro at 7 percent; and Fran Clasby with 3 percent.
If Dudley Gregorie had failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday, city residents would have had to return to the polls Nov. 19 to choose between the top two vote-getters.
The two remaining City Council races were settled easily.
District 4 incumbent Robert Mitchell defeated challenger Liz Fulton 81 percent to 19 percent.
District 8 incumbent Mike Seekings defeated Bobbie Rose 73 percent to 27 percent. Charleston voters, however, do have to come back again in two weeks to settle a runoff in the race for a seat on the Charleston Water System’s Board of Commissioners, known as CPW.
Catherine LaFond finished first in that race with 44 percent, followed by incumbent William Koopman with 37 percent. Tim Mallard had 18 percent and was out of contention.
The results will be certified as official on Thursday.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.