Only 1 candidate so far for Port Royal council election

emoody@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 3, 2013 

Mary Beth Gray Heyward


With only days remaining before the deadline to file for two open seats on Port Royal Town Council, only one person has submitted the required paperwork.

Although both incumbents -- Mary Beth Gray Heyward, 58, and Vernon DeLoach, 84 -- have said they intend to run for another term, as of Tuesday afternoon, only Gray Heyward has done so, according to town clerk Tanya Payne.

No challengers have filed.

Candidates must file for the election by noon Friday. That process includes an economic-interest form and a $100 filing fee. Interested residents can pick up candidate packets at Town Hall at 700 Paris Ave.

Council terms are four years, and council members receive $4,200 a year. All council members are elected at large, and the races are non-partisan.

In 2011, the town canceled its election to save money, as Mayor Sam Murray, Councilman Joe Lee and then-newcomer Tom Klein ran unopposed. Klein filled the seat left vacant when longtime Councilman Henry Robinson retired.

A 14-day period follows the Friday filing deadline, during which residents can file as write-in candidates.

Under state law, municipalities are not required to hold an election if only one person files for each open seat and no write-in candidates file declarations of intent within the 14-day period.

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