A Charleston County Councilman won't be returning to office next year and, based on unofficial results from Tuesday's primary elections, a state House seat is headed for a runoff.
Two-term Councilman Joe Qualey was bested in the Republican primary by challenger Jenny Costa Honeycutt, who was seeking public office for the first time. Honeycutt, a supporter of completing Interstate 526, won endorsements from the political committees of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Trident Realtors Association.
“This was really a referendum on 526, and the voters of the district clearly wanted that," said Honeycutt.
Republican County Councilman Dickie Schweers, representing Mount Pleasant east of U.S. Highway 17 and areas north and east of the town, coasted to a win over challenger Joe Bowers. And in the GOP primary for County Council District 8, the seat held by Democrat Anna Johnson, Joe Boykin defeated Republican rival Jackie Todd.
There was a close contest for state House District 110, which serves the south end of the Charleston peninsula and parts of Mount Pleasant. There were three candidates in the GOP primary — a rematch from the last election — but the battle was between first-term Rep. William S. Cogswell Jr. and his South-of-Broad-Street neighbor Russell Guerard.
With all precincts reporting, neither Cogswell nor Guerard had enough votes to avoid a runoff, as candidate Will Freeman had captured 411 of the 3,722 votes cast.
In House District 112, which generally covers the eastern side of Mount Pleasant plus Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island, long-serving Rep. Mike Sottile, the former Isle of Palms mayor, brushed off a challenge from software engineer Jason Clouse.
In House District 116, Carroll O'Neal defeated Charles A. Glover in the GOP primary. O'Neal previously faced Democratic incumbent Rep. Robert Brown in the general election, and lost, in both the 2014 and 2016 elections.
The open seat for Charleston County Register of Deeds, following Charlie Lybrand's retirement, attracted candidates for both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Michael Miller won the Democratic race over Patrick H. Bell, and Tom Hartnett won the GOP race over Dan Gregory, according to unofficial results.
Democrat Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley defeated Kelsey Willey by more than 1,000 votes in the primary race for Charleston County Probate Judge. The winner will face incumbent Republican Irv Condon in November.