MOUNT PLEASANT --- Standing upon waterfront property he helped procure, Councilman Gary Santos announced Monday what most had already assumed, that he intends to be this town's next elected mayor.

Santos, a 13-year council member, was the first to officially throw his hat into the ring after Harry Hallman resigned Wednesday due to Alzheimer's. Santos gave a short speech in the vestibule of Memorial Waterfront Park's visitor center surrounded by his family and supporters he's made by building the town's recreation programs.

"My announcement is a bittersweet one, which must be made in a timely manner, as I truly believe that our residents may take comfort in a candidate who has worked with and supported Mayor Hallman in many of his endeavors," Santos said.

Councilmen Billy Swails and Joe Bustos are also expected to run. Hallman's seat is up for election in November. Mayor Pro Tem Kruger Smith will act as mayor until the general election.

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