FOLLY BEACH -- A three-way race for mayor and a city council contest in which seven candidates are seeking three seats, will be on the ballot when voters go to the polls today.
Mayor Carl Beckmann Jr., who is seeking a second term, is being challenged by city Councilmen Eddie Ellis and Tim Goodwin.
Laura Beck is the only incumbent seeking re-election to council. She is competing in the at-large election with candidates Susan Breslin, Pennell Clamp, Joel Flores, Robert Hatcher, Paul Hume and D.J. Rich.
The election is certain to bring at least two newcomers to council. Councilmen Dave Stormer and Tom Scruggs decided not to seek re-election. Goodwin and Ellis are in the middle of four-year council terms and would retain their council seats if they don't win the mayor's post.
Beckmann said the election hinges on "vision" for Folly Beach, "and whether or not we can keep on track."
Goodwin said the primary issue in the mayor's race is "transparency in government. People feel they are not getting information," Goodwin said.
Ellis cited "safeguarding the residents' way of life" as the voters' main concern. "The issues change, but it boils down to this: Everything we (in city government) do affects their quality of life."
Folly has an estimated 2,200 registered voters, Folly Election Commission Chairman Lavern James said. Runoffs will be April 20 if necessary.
Voting will take place 7 a.m-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel's parish hall, 105 West Hudson Ave.
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