Originally created 11/06/01

4 towns holding council balloting



AIKEN - Burnettown, Monetta, Perry and Wagener are holding town council elections today.

Voter turnout at town elections in Aiken County is traditionally low. Ben Christensen, chairman of the Aiken County Election Commission, said this is a good year to change that.

"We would love to see more voters avail themselves to their constitutional right to vote," Mr. Christensen said. "I would encourage all the voters to come out and execute their rights."

Wayne Benson is running unopposed for mayor of Burnettown. Kenneth Ferguson, James McIntosh, Mark Nelson, Wayne New and Robert Roth are running for two town council seats.

Residents in precincts Bath 7, Langley 18, Lynwood 19 and Jordantown 51 vote at the Burnettown Municipal Building, 3144 Augusta Road in Warrenville.

Two council seats are open in Monetta, but no candidates are running. Residents from the Monetta 21 precinct and the Ridge Spring-Monetta precinct in Saluda County can cast votes for write-in candidates at the Monetta Community Center.

Thomas H. Williams is running unopposed for mayor in Perry. Margie Blizzard and L. Neal McLaurin are running for the town's two open council seats.

All residents in Perry 31 precinct vote at the Perry Town Hall, at 147 Center St. in Perry.

Steve Carver is the only candidate running for mayor in Wagener. John Q. Hudson and Arthur "George" Smith are running for the town's two open council seats.

All town residents of the Wagener 39 precinct vote at the Wagener Town Hall, 113 Railroad Ave.