List of candidates grows on Hilton Head

Three more candidates have filed to run for mayor of Hilton Head Island in November's non-partisan general election.

Dave Myers, owner of Kigre Inc.; architect and town Planning Commission member Tom Crews; and Jim Collett, former chairman of the town's Board of Zoning and Appeals, have entered the race, according to town clerk Betsy Mosteller. They join Ward 3 Town Council member Drew Laughlin and Ward 1 Councilman Bill Ferguson in the mayoral race.

All will vie to succeed Mayor Tom Peeples, who is not seeking re-election after 15 years in office.

Laughlin and Ferguson would retain their seats if their bid to win the at-large mayoral race fails. Their terms do not expire this year.

Ward 4 Council member John Safay also has announced his intention to run for the post, but had not filed as of 4 p.m. Thursday, Mosteller said. Local publisher and Palmetto Dunes resident Kim Likins filed earlier this week to run for Safay's seat, which expires this year. Local TV host Mary Amonitti has said she too intends to seek the seat, but has yet to file.

The filing deadline is Aug. 16.

Also this week, Terry Conwayfiled for the Ward 2 seat held by Bill Harkins. This will mark the second time Conway has sought the seat, which represents two-thirds of Hilton Head Plantation. He ran in 2008 during a six-way special election to replace council member Bill Mottel, who resigned for health reasons. Harkins won in a runoff against Michael Marks and said he plans to seek re-election.

Ward 5 Town Council member George Williams filed retain his seat against the challenge of Sea Pines resident Charles Raley.