Whitley only candidate for Berkeley council seat

Josh Whitley ¬ @Photo credit:Provided

Only one candidate filed to run for the open seat on Berkeley County Council, but anyone who wants to run as a write-in still has time to throw his or her hat in the ring.

Daniel Island lawyer Josh Whitley filed to run for the District 2 seat that Councilman Tim Callanan left open when he stepped down Jan. 6 to take a position as county deputy supervisor for finance. The deadline to file for the seat was noon Monday.

Whitley, 31, is chairman of the Berkeley County Republican Party, a position he will not have to give up since he has no Republican opposition for the seat, he said.

District 2 includes Daniel Island, the Clements Ferry Road corridor and portions of the cities of Hanahan and Goose Creek.

Anyone who wants to run as a write-in candidate must declare his or her intentions by noon on Feb. 16, said Adam Hammons, director of Berkeley County Voters Registration & Elections. If that happens, there will be a general election on May 12. There will not be a primary.

If no candidate comes forward, the elections board will meet the week of Feb. 16 to certify the election, and Whitley can be sworn in on Feb. 23, Hammons said.

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