Three file to fill seat of late Beaufort Councilman Gary Fordham

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Update June 5: Well, that's it, the filling window has closed to fill the seat of late Beaufort City Councilman Gary Fordham.

And the three are George O'Kelley, Larry Holman and Ron Petit.

I'll shoot you over to The Island Packet's report for some details on what's up and a sentence on each candidate that we'll soon be getting to know better; take a read here.

The special election will be held Tuesday, July 19.

Update May 14: The filling window for the seat vacated by the late Beaufort City Councilman Gary Fordham just opened on Friday and already three have filed. I'll shoot you over to The Island Packet's report for a quick bit of info on those three; read their report here.

First reporting: Following the passing of Beaufort City Councilman Gary Fordham, the city has scheduled a special election on Tuesday, July 19th, to fill his seat.

The filing deadline is at noon on Saturday, June 4, for candidates interested in the position. 

Here are more details from the city's release:

Fordham, whose term expires in 2012, passed away last week and his funeral was held Tuesday. He had said he wouldn’t seek re-election to the Council seat he’d held for 12 years. Beaufort City Council seats are non-partisan and elected at large, meaning all registered voters in the City will be able to participate in the special election.

 “As we celebrate our city’s 300th birthday and are busy making plans for the next hundred years, the role of City Council’s leadership is critical,” said Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling.

“Gary brought a lot of wisdom and experience to the table, but he always encouraged others to get involved. We are hoping voters will have a good slate of qualified, committed and engaged candidates for the summer election,” he said.

Interested candidates must submit their signed paperwork to the Beaufort County Election Commission by noon on June 4 and pay the $150 filing fee. The filing essentially should say: “I hereby file notice that I am a candidate for election to the office of Council member in the special municipal election to be held on July 19, 2011. I certify that I am a qualified elector and resident of the City of Beaufort.”

 City Council members are paid $4,800 annually. The Council typically meets three times monthly on Tuesdays at Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary St.  For more information about Beaufort City Council, visit

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