MONCKS CORNER -- Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis, who essentially won another four years in office in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff, says he's hoping for less feuding on council next term.
His critics say that's entirely up to Davis.
"I am really hopeful that those council members with whom we have a contentious relationship will realize we were all elected to do things for the benefit of our citizens who elected us," Davis said Wednesday.
Davis received 56 percent of the votes in the runoff against U.S. Rep. Henry Brown.
Davis' supporters say much of the bad blood is residual from his contentious campaign against longtime Supervisor Jim Rozier, whom Davis ousted four years ago.
"I think there are some elements of that, but that was four years ago," Davis said. "I would really just hope those feelings can be put aside. I feel we've accomplished some good things, despite the contentiousness."
Rozier, who has largely avoided the spotlight since his defeat, scoffed at the idea that he's still a factor in Berkeley County politics.
"There are no hard feelings from Jim Rozier," he said Wednesday. "If somebody's got hard feelings, it's probably because they don't like the government they have now. It doesn't have anything to do with me. Jim Rozier doesn't have a camp. There is no Jim Rozier camp. I don't even meet with all these people."
When asked if he gave Brown any advice during his unsuccessful campaign to oust Davis, Rozier said, "I give free advice to anybody who asks for it."
Brown didn't return a phone message asking for comment Wednesday.
Councilmen Dennis Fish and Tim Callanan have been two of Davis' most vocal critics. They say their opposition has nothing to do with Rozier.
"That has zero credibility," Callanan said. "Anybody who says that is trying to obfuscate things where they don't have to pay attention to the issues. I have no hard feelings about the Rozier-Davis election. Its quite frankly bunk."
He said he will continue to oppose Davis when he doesn't agree with how he's spending money.
"I think people can still expect me to go out there and fight for the things that I believe," Callanan said. "It is 100 percent ideology -- lower taxes and less government."
Fish and Callanan have been trying to cut $2.4 million in sales-tax rebate money out of Davis' budget proposal. Davis said he prepared the budget at council's direction and is willing to drop the sales-tax money, which originally was designated to lower residents' property-tax bills, if council gives him some alternative figures.
The budget is up for final approval Monday. Last week, Davis suggested council put the budget on hold and schedule a workshop to look at alternatives.
"We'll see what happens Monday night," said Fish, who has been drafting an alternate budget that does not include the sales-tax rebate money. "We'll see if he goes with his promise to hold a workshop and accepts the cuts I've made. It depends on him. I do know this, it cannot continue the next four years like it has."
Davis faces no Democratic opposition in the Nov. 2 general election.