SULLIVAN'S ISLAND -- Voters returned two incumbents to Town Council in elections Tuesday, but a newcomer led the field in the race to fill the three seats up for grabs.
Council members Mary Jane Watson, who received 26 percent of the votes cast, and Jerry Kaynard, with 25 percent, retained their seats. Hartley Cooper, a self-employed real estate agent who works with Carolina One, was Tuesday's leading vote-getter with 27 percent, according to unofficial returns.
Mark Howard, who runs a landscaping company called Aqua-Terra, trailed the day's winners with 22 percent.
Town Administrator Andy Benke, who provided the election returns, said certification is expected today.
Councilman Charles "Buddy" Howle is leaving council and didn't file for re-election.
Benke said 565 voters from among the island town's more than 1,470 registered voters cast ballots in the four-candidate race to fill three council seats.
A June swearing-in will be held for Kaynard, 65, an attorney first elected to council in 2007; Watson, a teacher also elected in 2007; and Cooper, 40.