Gary Bunker is officially Aiken County Council’s chairman after winning a general election in which his was the only name on the ballot.
He won the primary in August with 55 percent of the vote, topping fellow Republicans District 7 County Councilman Andrew Siders and District 4 Councilman Chuck Smith.
But the general election has to be held anyway, to give write-in candidates a chance, according to the Aiken County Board of Elections.
In Tuesday’s election, Bunker got 2,240 votes, but 202 ballots were cast for write-ins. The Board of Elections said it was still tallying write-ins late Tuesday.
Turnout was 2 percent.
Bunker is a former councilman who served two terms, from 2005 through 2012, and works at Savannah River Site in project controls and business management. He was elected vice chairman three times and was chairman of the Administrative Committee for four years.
The council chairman’s seat became vacant when Ronnie Young won the election to fill the District 84 state House seat vacated by Chris Corley, who resigned in January after being charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.