Runoff certain in Charleston City Council District 11; Lewis and Alexander re-elected

Marvin D. Wagner (from top left), Keith Waring, Aubry Alexander, Bill Moody (from bottom left), Laura Dukes Beck and Andy Brack

Three Charleston City Council members have won re-election, two newcomers will join them, and a sixth seat won't be settled until a runoff election Nov. 22, unofficial results show.

In the most hotly contested council race Tuesday, with five candidates competing for the District 3 seat serving parts of the peninsula and West Ashley, incumbent James Lewis Jr. pulled in enough votes to avoid a runoff, capturing 54 percent.

"I answer every call I get and I try to give good service, and that's what people want," said Lewis, reflecting on his victory.

Among his challengers, Wilmot Alfred Fraser grabbed nearly a third of the vote total and Willard J. Sheppard, Bob Thompson and Luqman Rasheed divided up the rest.

A runoff will be necessary in District 11 between candidates Bill Moody and Laura Dukes Beck, for the open seat serving parts of West Ashley and James Island.

Moody, an accountant and former head of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, was the top vote-getter in the three-way race with 43 percent. More than 50 percent of the total is needed to avoid a runoff.

Beck served on Folly Beach City Council before moving into the city this summer. Beck will face Moody in the runoff because she came in second place, ahead of publisher Andy Brack.

In the open District 5 seat serving the incorporated sections of Johns Island and parts of southwestern West Ashley, Marvin D. Wagner defeated Michael Ray Mack, winning nearly 59 percent of the vote.

Mack, if elected, would have been the first Johns Island resident to hold the seat representing Johns Islanders. Wagner lives in West Ashley.

Elsewhere in West Ashley, the District 7 seat will remain in the hands of the Waring family, with businessman Keith Waring easily winning the seat that his father, Louis, held since 1994. Louis Waring, the 83-year-old elder statesman of council, did not seek re-election.

Keith Waring pulled in 84 percent of the vote to defeat retiree Robert O'Brien.

In District 9, incumbent Aubry Alexander, a real estate broker first elected four years ago, easily fended off a challenge from Bob Aubin, who was making his first run for office. Alexander captured 83 percent of the vote.

The West Ashley district covers most neighborhoods at the eastern end of Sam Rittenberg and those off Old Towne Road.

"I'm just thrilled by the opportunity to serve District 9 for four more years," Alexander said. "Obviously they like the job I'm doing, and I'm having fun doing it."

Councilman Gary White was unopposed for re-election in District 1, which covers Daniel Island, the Cainhoy peninsula and the southeast tip of the Charleston peninsula.