Voters in Awendaw returned two incumbents to town council in a race that saw the five candidates, plus a write-in candidate, divided into two camps.
Incumbent Nell Daniels and newcomers Roberta Whiteside and John Timmons ran together, and incumbents Rodney Porcher and Sheila M. Powell ran with write-in candidate Joe Bowers.
In unofficial results, the top three vote-getters were Powell, Porcher and Whiteside. Daniels and Timmons came up short.
More than 50 percent of the registered voters turned out in person or voted absentee, officials said. The total number of voters was unavailable Tuesday night. Voters could choose up to three candidates.
Growth and the new water system have divided the council and the town.
“I think Awendaw is in a lot of trouble and I hope they can find a way to do something about it,” Daniels said. “I think that our group sees that our financial condition ... is dire. I don’t think (Porcher and Powell) seem to be that concerned, and apparently the voters aren’t either.”
Whiteside said she was happy to win, but had hoped Daniels and Timmons would be elected too.
“To get things done, you need people who are going in the same direction,” she said.