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Five Colleton towns, cities ready for Nov. 5th election

Four municipalities in Colleton County will have elections this November, despite there being little to no new candidates on the ballot. Additionally, a fifth municipality – Walterboro City Council – is also holding an election, with multiple candidates fighting to win a seat on the city’s council.
The Towns of Cottageville, Lodge, Edisto Beach, and Smoaks are each holding their scheduled municipal elections on Nov. 5th.
Cottageville has no new contenders on the ballot. The town’s incumbent Mayor, Tim Grimsley, is again seeking his position as mayor. He is the sole candidate for this seat.
Cottageville also has two open council seats on the upcoming ballot. Both of these seats are being sought after by current elected councilmen, Andy Sahlmann and Chuck Hudson.
There are no additional formal candidates seeking spots in Cottageville, although write-in candidates are still an option for all municipal elections.
In Edisto Beach, the town’s current and longtime mayor, Jane S. Darby, is again seeking reelection. She is the only candidate to have filed for the town’s mayoral seat. As for Edisto Beach Town Council, current Councilmen Jerome W. Kizer and Crawford Moore are again running for their seats. There are no other candidates seeking office on Edisto’s council.
In Lodge, the town’s council has two open seats. They are set to be filled by incumbents Joseph Varnadoe and Alex Carter, who were the only two candidates who have filed for the seats.
In Smoaks, the town will have a new mayor, Joseph H. Johns, Jr, as he was the only candidate who filed to run for the office. There are two open seats available on Smoaks Town Council. Two candidates have filed for these two seats. Those candidates are Linda L. Garris and Shane Campbell.
The City of Walterboro is also holding its municipal election on Nov. 5th: Walterboro has six candidates seeking to win one of the open seats on Walterboro City Council. The candidates for Walterboro City Council are Chrissy Johnson, Judy Bridge, Paul Siegel, Ladson Fishburne, Gale Doggette, and Emma K. Levine. Bridge and Seigel are incumbents on the city’s council.
The municipal elections for Cottageville, Smoaks, and Lodge are being managed by the Colleton County Office of Voter Registration and Elections.
The City of Walterboro and the Town of Edisto Beach oversee their own elections, although these municipalities will use the county’s voting machines in their elections. Those voting machines are operated and managed by the county’s Office of Voter Registration and Elections.
Absentee Ballot voting now underway
According to Angela Upchurch, director of Colleton County’s Office of Voter Registration and Elections, there have been six registered voters so far who have cast their ballots via absentee for the upcoming elections. The office is currently accepting absentee ballots for each of the above municipal elections. The absentee ballot voting process began on Oct. 7th. Colleton residents can still get registered to vote for the upcoming elections.

Heather Walters (1583 Posts)