James Island cancels election

Because of a lack of opponents, the municipal election has been called off on James Island. Without any candidates to oppose them, the town's council and mayor will simply retain their positions for another two years.

From The Post and Courier:

Because nobody signed up to challenge the incumbent James Island Town Council and mayor in an election originally scheduled for Aug. 5, the town has decided to call off the balloting.

Mayor Mary Clark and councilmen Joseph Qualey, the Rev. Parris L. Williams, Bill "Cubby" Wilder and Leonard Blank will get another two-year term without securing a single vote.


Marilyn Bowers, executive director of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, said the town can skip an election under state law if no challengers register as candidates, and if there are no write-in candidates within 14 days after the deadline to file as a candidate. The filing deadline was June 5, Bowers said.

But then again, it might not matter anyway, if the state Supreme Court decides that the town doesn't even exist, part of an ongoing battle between Charleston and the town of James Island. The case is currently awaiting a ruling at the Circuit Court level, but whatever the outcome, both parties have vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court if they lose.