LOCKHART — By a nearly two-to-one margin voters in the Town of Lockhart reelected their incumbent mayor while also electing two new members of the town council during Tuesday’s municipal election.
The Town of Lockart Election Commission reported Thursday that a total of 98 votes were cast in Tuesday’s election for the Office of Mayor. Of the votes cast, incumbent Mayor Ailene Ashe received 64 to 34 for challenger Ray Duncan. The commission met Thursday at the Lockhart Town Hall to certify the results of Tuesday’s election.
When reached for comment Thursday, Ashe said she was happy to be reelected which she said gives her an opportunity to continue serving the town, especially with the Broad River Bridge Project coming up.
“I’m glad I’m going to get to serve the town for four more years,” Ashe said Thursday. “In a very short while they’re going to starting on the bridge project on Highway 9 across Broad River. We’ve been working on that for six years and I’m glad I’m going to be here for the groundbreaking.”
Ashe added that another project which is coming to fruition is the sewer project which is being financed with a Community Development Block Grant the town has obtained. The project will involve the upgrading of sewer lines running from SC 9 to Mill Street and Ashe said she is happy to still be the mayor while it is being done.
The Election Commission also reported that a total of 169 votes were cast in the election for the two seats on the Lockhart Town Council that were on Tuesday’s ballot. Wanda Stein received 83 votes and Mallory Thomas receive 50 votes to win the seats on council while Stephanie Duncan received 32 votes. Four write-in votes were also cast.
Both seats on Tuesday’s ballot were open as the incumbents who held those seats declined to seek reelection.
The totals for both the race for mayor and the race for the town council seats include the one absentee ballot that was cast in Tuesday’s election. In the mayor’s race, the absentee voter cast their ballot for Ray Duncan while in the race for the two council seats they voted for Wanda Stein and Stephanie Duncan.
Absentee voting for Lockhart’s Municipal Election was held at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office in Union with Monday being the last day absentee ballots could have been cast.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.