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Jeffrey Motts

FOLLY BEACH -- A special election is set for July 13 to fill the City Council seat that became vacant when Tim Goodwin was elected mayor.

The deadline for filing to run in the special election is noon on May 10. Filing packets can be picked up at Municipal Clerk Mary Cunningham's office, on the second floor of Folly Beach City Hall, 21 Center St.

Those wishing to be on the ballot must file a Statement of Candidacy and pay a $25 filing fee to the municipal clerk or a municipal election commissioner prior to the deadline. The election will be at-large and non-partisan.

On April 6, then-Councilman Goodwin was elected mayor, besting fellow councilman Eddie Ellis and then-incumbent Mayor Carl Beckmann Jr. Voters chose political newcomers Paul Hume and Pennell Clamp for council seats, and Laura Beck claimed the final available council seat in a runoff April 20.

The April elections winners have been sworn in, and one council seat will remain empty until voters fill it July 13.

Some who ran unsuccessfully in the April 6 council race have said they are considering entering the special election.

Voting will take place 7 a.m-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Fellowship Hall, 105 West Hudson St.

Absentee ballots can be obtained from the Charleston County Board of Registration, 4367 Headquarters Road, North Charleston. (Call 744-8683.)

The last day to register to vote by mail is June 13, and the deadline for registering in person is June 12.

The Folly Beach Election Commission will hold a hearing, if necessary, to determine the validity of ballots challenged in this election at 11 a.m. on July 15 at Folly Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 21 Center St.