Steve Fobes wins Beaufort County Council seat

zmurdock@beaufortgazette.comOctober 4, 2013 

Steve Fobes

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Retired banker Steve Fobes will represent part of Hilton Head Island on the Beaufort County Council starting Monday.

Fobes, a Republican, was the only candidate for the District 10 seat after Republican Steve Baer resigned at the end of July.

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections certified the win Friday.

By law, Fobes wins the seat by default as the only candidate to file within state-mandated deadlines. The final filing period, which required candidates to submit a petition with 430 signatures from registered voters in the district, ended at noon Friday.

A former president of the Fort Collins, Colo., school board, Fobes lives in Palmetto Hall. He said his focus will be on county finances and improving economic development.

He will take over Baer's committee assignments, including the public facilities, finance and community service committees, council Chairman Paul Sommerville said.

"Everybody brings something to the table," Sommerville said. "I think his area seems to be finance, and you can always use a little support there because there's a million and one things that need to be looked at like that."

Fobes will be sworn in at a short ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers in the county administration building, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, council clerk Sue Rainey said. Judge Marvin Dukes will administer the oath.

"I'm eager to get started," Fobes said.

SCHOOL BOARD RACE

One candidate has filed for the Beaufort County Board of Education's District 10 seat, which represents the same geographic area on Hilton Head. That position became vacant in August after the resignation of Mike Sanz.

Write-in candidates can file until the end of the day Oct. 15. If others file, a special election will be Dec. 3. A special election would cost between $24,000 and $36,000, Smalls said.

However, if 215 of the signatures on Payne's petition are certified and no one files as a write-in candidate, then Payne will win the seat without an election, Smalls said.

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