New contenders might be added to the ballot for two Beaufort County Council seats in November's general election.
Beaufort resident Alice Howard and Colleton River Plantation resident Lynn King each collected enough signatures from registered voters in their respective districts to be included on the ballot this fall, according to Marie Smalls, director of the Beaufort County Board of Elections & Registration.
However, those signatures still must be verified by the elections office before the candidates can be added to the ballot. The office has until noon Aug. 15 to certify that the names and signatures are legitimate, Smalls added.
Howard hopes to challenge incumbent Councilwoman Laura Von Harten for the District 4 seat, which represents Port Royal and part of Beaufort.
King plans to challenge Councilman Rick Caporale for the District 8 seat, which represents part of Hilton Head Island and communities north of U.S. 278 along the Okatie River.
Von Harten and Caporale have served on the council since 2007.
To be on the ballot, Howard and King had to submit petitions to the county elections office by noon Tuesday with signatures from at least 5 percent of the registered voters in the area they wish to represent.
Howard submitted 728 signatures of her required 402, and King submitted 678 of her required 629, Smalls said.
Howard hopes to inject fresh perspective to the council, noting that most of its members have served at least three, four-year terms. During 25 years with Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Howard served as the base's environmental director and community liaison director. She also has served on several planning and zoning boards.
She said she's interested in helping recent efforts to spur development of the Port of Port Royal.
"The port is something that needs all the support or action that anyone can give it because it's going to be such a big thing for the community," Howard said.
King works in the community relations office of TidePointe, a continuing-care retirement community on Hilton Head.
Attempts Tuesday to reach King were unsuccessful.
NO TREASURER CHALLENGE
Former deputy county treasurer Herschel Evans was unable to collect enough signatures to join the race for county treasurer this fall, he said Tuesday.
Despite a final effort over the past week, Evans said he fell well short of the required 5,383 signatures from registered voters for the countywide office.
Evans had hoped to challenge current deputy treasurer Maria Walls, a Republican who is unopposed in the November election. Current Treasurer Doug Henderson has said he will retire when his term expires next summer.
"It doesn't matter if you missed the field goal by 3 or 30 feet, it still doesn't count," Evans said, declining to say how many signatures were gathered. "We made a strong effort at it, and we just fell short."
Honored by the support he did receivhttp://www.islandpacket.com/2014/06/29/3188841/two-new-contenders-vie-for-spots.html e, Evans added that he hasn't ruled out a future run for the position.
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