Bill Roe drops out of Bluffton council race

dburley@islandpacket.comSeptember 12, 2013 

Bill Roe said Thursday he is dropping out of the race for Bluffton Town Council.

Roe, an Old Town resident and principal of Hilton Head Asset Management, said health problems are forcing him to end his first bid for a council seat.

He called the town Thursday to withdraw, according to town clerk Sandra Lunceford.

Roe's exit should allow time to remove his name from the ballot before the Nov. 5 election, according to Marie Smalls, interim executive director of the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration and Elections. The ballot has not been completed, she said.

Smalls said she needs a letter from Roe to officially remove his name before ballots are printed.

With Roe's departure, seven candidates remain in the hunt for two council seats.

Incumbents Michael Raymond and Oliver Brown seek re-election.

The other candidates are Gary Bensch, husband of Beaufort County Councilwoman Cynthia Bensch; Garfield Moss, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2008; former councilman Charlie Wetmore; former councilman Fred Hamilton; and Larry Toomer, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2005.

Anyone planning to vote in the election must be registered no later than Oct. 5.

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