City of Lancaster voters to elect new mayor in special election

City of Lancaster voters to elect new mayor in special election

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Voters in the city of Lancaster will elect a new mayor in a special-called election on Tuesday, following the death of Mayor John P. Howard in April.

According to City Manager Flip Hutfles, Howard died on April 3 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in mid-January.

On Tuesday, voters will elect a new mayor to fill the position. Those vying for the title include Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, James Butch Flynn, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty.

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The election is a plurality, which means that whoever gets the most votes will win. The race will not go into a runoff. The election is also nonpartisan.

Garris and Eddins serve on the Lancaster City Council now. According to Mary Ann Hudson, who is the director of Lancaster County elections, if either of the two win the mayoral special election, then they will have to resign from their council seat before being sworn in as mayor.

Their council seat would then be on the general election ballot in November, Hudson says.

Precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. You can find results and more information here.

Election results will be certified on Thursday, according to Hudson.

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