Two seats up for election on Beaufort City Council; Sutton won't seek 3rd term

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 10, 2014 

One of two incumbents will seek re-election in the Nov. 4 Beaufort City Council election when two council seats will be on the ballot.

Councilman Mike Sutton, finishing his second term, said he doesn't intend to run again because he believes in term limits. He said he hopes to see responsible, active candidates step up.

Councilwoman Donnie Beer said she has already filed for re-election. Beer has served on council for 23 years.

"I hope I make a difference," she said. "I've been on council a long time. We've been through ups and downs, but I hope people know I've tried to do the right thing."

The filing period for City Council opened Wednesday and ends at noon Aug. 15. Candidate application packets are available at City Hall, 1911 Boundary St., or at www.cityofbeaufort.org. The filing fee is $150 for a council seat.

City Clerk Ivettte Burgess said candidates should return packets directly to her.

City Council has five nonpartisan members: a mayor and four council members. All members are elected at large and serve four-year terms. Council members receive an annual stipend of $4,800, the mayor, $6,000.

With Sutton not seeking re-election, City Council is guaranteed to have the first change in its makeup since George O'Kelley Jr. won a special election in July 2011 to replace Gary Fordham, who died in office.

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