Town of James Island mayoral, council elections commence

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Evening update: Results are coming, get the news here.

First reporting: Today is that day that James Islanders head to the polls to elect a new mayor and four council members.

Remember, polls opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

In 2008 elections, incumbent mayor Mary Clark and the Town Council faced no opposition. This year, she's got four challengers and there are 10 people fighting for a spot on the council. Clark, whose public approval ratings have dropped significantly as of late, was recently profiled in the Charleston City Paper and depicted quite unfavorably. 

Also on the ballots today are two non-binding referendum questions  for the James Island election. One seeks voter approval for expanding the size of council from four to six members and the second would instruct council to establish a system under which elections are staggered so that the entire council does not come up for election in the same year.

Head over to the Town of James Island's election information page for details on voting precincts, and directions to voting locations. 

The Post and Courier has a rundown of today's election, ballot and profiles of the five candidates running for mayor: Jonathan BrownMary ClarkBrett JohnsonWarren Sloane, and Bill Woolsey.