Former councilman files for Bluffton Town Council election

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 3, 2013 

Fred Hamilton

Former Bluffton town councilman Fred Hamilton on Monday entered the race for two seats on the Town Council, becoming the sixth candidate to file for the November election.

Hamilton served as a councilman and mayor pro tem for six years until he lost a re-election bid in 2011.

As the chairman of the Affordable Housing Committee, Hamilton was a prominent supporter of the Wharf Street Development Project, which built six affordable-housing cottages at the corner of Wharf and Robertson streets.

Five others are running for the two town council seats, including incumbents Michael Raymond and mayor pro tem Oliver Brown.

Gary Bensch, husband of Beaufort County Councilwoman Cynthia Bensch, was the first challenger to enter the race, filing on Aug. 16.

On Friday, Garfield Moss -- who unsuccessfully ran for town council in 2008 -- and Bill Roe both filed for the election. Moss and Roe are both critics of Bluffton's town government. Moss has battled with the town over a bed and breakfast he ran out of his home, while Roe has criticized the town over the Wharf Street project and its handling of the May River.

Candidates have until noon on Sept. 6 to file for the town council election.

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