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Charles McCoy is elected new Bethune mayor

Witham, Fulmer elected to council

Posted: November 7, 2013 5:40 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2013 5:00 a.m.

For the first time in a generation, Bethune will have a new mayor. In Tuesday’s election, Bethune residents chose Charles McCoy as its new mayor. McCoy will take office Jan. 1, replacing Carlisle Davis who has been mayor for 24 years.

According to unofficial results from the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, McCoy received 99 votes (53 percent) while Davis received 86 votes (46 percent) -- a margin of only 13 votes. Two people voted for write-in candidates.

McCoy said he was grateful to everyone in the town for their support.

“I appreciate their efforts,” he said.

McCoy said he looks forward to “getting together (with council) to get a game plan and see what we can do to get our goals accomplished.”

He also said that the election seemed very smooth to him.

“Everything went well,” he said.

McCoy added that he would make an effort to make sure information was easily available to both the media and citizens of Bethune.

“You have a right to know,” he said.

Voters also elected Don Witham and John Fulmer to council. Witham, who has served previously on council, received 97 votes (28 percent), while Fulmer received 90 votes (23 percent). They replace incumbent Councilman Jimmy Steen, who received 50 votes (14 percent), and Councilwoman Gayle Beasley who elected not to run for reelection.

The remaining votes went to candidate and former councilman John Heflin (79 votes, 23 percent), candidate Linda Short (19 votes, 5 percent) and Richard Watss (9 votes, 3 percent).

Witham said that in his opinion, “the work begins now; we have three new people (elected).”

“A lot of people put their confidence in me,” Witham continued, “and now I have to earn it. I appreciate all the support (of the citizens) and I have to earn that too. There’s a lot to do.”

Witham said council will need to prioritize its ideas and goals.

“It’s a long road, but we can do it,” he said.

Fulmer also thanked the citizens of Bethune for their “support and confidence.”

“I hope we can get off to a good start and get things moving,” he said. “I want to have a good start when January gets here.”

According to the voter registration office, there are 292 registered voters in the town of Bethune. One hundred and eight-nine people voted Tuesday, for a 64.73 percent turnout.

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