Lee Helena withdraws from Port Royal Town Council election

info@islandpacket.comOctober 29, 2013 

Marshall Lee Helena Jr.

The competition for two open seats on Port Royal Town Council in the Nov. 5 election is down to two incumbents and a write-in candidate.

Lee Helena Jr., 38, has officially withdrawn, according to an emailed statement sent to The Beaufort Gazette.

Still in the race are current council members Mary Beth Gray Heyward and Vernon DeLoach, and Lundy Baker, the write-in candidate.

Helena said new demands at work will conflict with council meetings, and he has also stepped down from the town's Design Review Board.

"I hope to find some other way to serve the community that will accommodate my new schedule," Helena wrote.

Town clerk Tanya Payne said Port Royal staff also was notified of Helena's withdrawal. Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration interim executive director Marie Smalls said she has traded voicemails with Helena and told him he needed to officially withdraw through the town. As of Tuesday night, Smalls had not received notification that had occurred.

Regardless, Helena's name will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Paper ballots are printed several weeks before the election, and the computerized voting booths are already set. Votes cast for Helena will not count, Smalls said.

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