Billy Cannada Staff Writer
November 5, 2013
PICKENS COUNTY – Pickens County voters filled 10 local municipal seats in elections Tuesday, including an apparent new mayor for Liberty, Eric Boughman.
Political newcomer Kent Dykes overtook incumbent Easley City Councilwoman Libby Dodson 218 to 93 in unofficial tallies.
With the unofficial results in, races for Central Town Council, Norris Town Council, Easley City Council, Pickens City Council and Liberty Mayor have been decided pending provisional and fail-safe ballot counts.
Those results include a new mayor in the City of Liberty. Eric Boughman was the top vote getter Tuesday night with 261 total votes. Incumbent Michael Sheriff was not far behind, receiving 241 total votes.
“I’m very flattered that the people of Liberty have decided on something different,” Boughman said. “I’ve told them I’m going to try to make Liberty more than it is. I’m not a politician. I don’t know a single thing about being the mayor, but I’m going to go in and try to make us more than we are.”
In the race for the at-large seat on Liberty City Council, incumbent Chuck Powell won handily with 292 total votes, defeating Brian Deese, who received 205 votes.
Norris voters determined their two representatives for town council Tuesday night. Wendell Melton was the top vote getter with 38 votes, while Lawrence McClure earned 33 votes. Brian Norris was the odd man out with just 24 votes.
In Pickens, Donald McKinney (192), Patrick Lark (217) and Carlton Holley (215) will fill the openings on city council. Jimmy Lee Davis and Carl Allmond were left out, receiving 166 and 167 votes respectively.
In the race for Easley City Council, Incumbent Libby Dodson only received 93 votes, surrendering her seat to Kent Dykes, who earned 218 total votes.
In Central, Benji Cumbie (82), Paige Bowers (81) and Ken Dill (77) will represent the city on the town council. Steven Farmer was the odd man out in the group, receiving just 14 votes.
Pickens County Election Officials say all results remain unofficial until Thursday, Nov. 7.