Retired accounting executive Bill Moody prevailed over lawyer Laura Dukes Beck by a 3-2 ratio Tuesday in their runoff for Charleston City Council’s District 11 seat, according to unofficial results.
Meanwhile, Folly Beach voters chose Dale Stuckey over Sandy Hickman by a 50.7-49.3 margin for Beck’s former seat on Folly Beach City Council, unofficial results show.
Moody, 67, received backing not only from several West Ashley council members but also from Mayor Joe Riley, whose recorded phone messages and letters were sent to voters in the West Ashley and James Island district.
“(Riley) called me after the (Nov. 8) election, and said, ‘Bill, I want to support you,’ and I said I’ll take your help,” Moody said.
Beck thanked those who supported her campaign, adding, “I ran an honorable race. It was issue-focused. I had a lot of support from the grassroots, but at the end of the day, voter turnout for the week of Thanksgiving was tough. Mr. Moody was a formidable opponent. He had a lot of establishment backing.”
Both candidates received about 150 fewer votes than they did on Nov. 8, when Moody topped Beck 43 percent to 31 percent, but fell short of the 50 percent plus one needed to win that day.
Moody said the completion of Interstate 526, while not an issue that City Council has control over, played a big role in the race.
He views the $420 million project more favorably than Beck.
“I got more emails and more phone calls that would say ‘Bill, where do you stand on I-526.’ I would give them an answer and they would say, ‘You’ve got my vote.’ I got a lot of those.”
Beck called Moody to extend her support and wish him the best.
Moody called Beck “a great lady. I’ve known her family forever and they’re good people.” Once the results become official, Moody will take office in January.
The District 11 seat is represented by Councilman Tim Mallard, who did not seek re-election.
On Folly Beach, Stuckey appeared to defeat Hickman, but with only six votes separating the two, election officials are expected to give the results extra scrutiny when they meet to certify the outcome later this week.
Stuckey, former counsel to the S.C. Department of Education, received two more votes than she did on Nov. 8. Hickman, a radiation therapist and long-time Folly resident, received about 60 more, but it didn’t seem to be enough.
The seat became vacant when Beck resigned this summer because she moved from Folly Beach to Charleston.