Originally created 04/03/02

Johnston mayor wins by 2 votes



The mayoral election in Johnston, S.C., was so close it left election officials sifting through absentee ballots looking for an answer.

Incumbent Mayor Dean Campbell bested businesswoman Mary Alice Jackson by only two votes Tuesday.

Mr. Campbell received 419 votes for an unofficial total to Ms. Jackson's 417.

"All along, I thought this would be a close race," Mr. Campbell said. "I'm humbled and honored."

Two Johnston town council members, Morris Holmes and Tommy Burton, ran unopposed for another term.

Mr. Burton campaigned for voter turnout and for Ms. Jackson. During the past 10 weeks, he registered more than 320 Johnston residents.

"I figured the best I could do was try to make sure (people) came and voted," Mr. Burton said.

In all, 836 votes were cast in the mayoral race - nearly 200 more than in the previous contested mayoral election, in 1996.

Mayor John Pettigrew Jr.'s name was not on the ballots Tuesday in Edgefield, S.C.

He announced in November he would not seek re-election.

Instead, Edgefield residents voted in former Mayor Bob McKie, who served the town from 1981 to 1986.

Mr. McKie won the race over local businessman Frank Feltham by 127 votes.

Mr. McKie received 268 votes to Mr. Feltham's 141.

"I'm excited that the people of Edgefield elected me for the third time, after a 15-year break," Mr. McKie said.

Three incumbent Edgefield Town Council members ran unopposed. John Ellis received 45 votes, Bill Jackson 69 and Robert Rodgers 34.

Mr. McKie, a retiree, said he hopes to make Edgefield a better place to live, work, rear a family and retire.

"I just love this little town and want to be a part of it. Us folks in Edgefield, we work to a ripe old age," he said.

Reach Carly Phillips at (803) 648-1395 or carly.phillips@augustachronicle.com.