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Port Royal councilmembers Heyward, DeLoach, to run as incumbents in fall

Two Port Royal Town Council seats are up for election in the fall and both incumbents say they will run again.

Mary Beth Gray-Heyward, 58, and Vernon DeLoach, 84, confirmed Wednesday they intend to run Nov. 5.

Council terms are four years and councilmembers receive $4,200 a year for their service. All councilmembers are elected at large.

The town's Election Commission met Wednesday to plan for the election.

Candiates must file for the election, by noon Sept. 6. That process includes an economic interest form as well as payment of the filing fee.

Heyward, director of clinical services at Lowcountry Medical Group, has served on council about 21 years. When discussing projects, she often thinks about how they will affect her grandchildren.

"It's important for me to see some things completed," she said. "I enjoy making a difference."

DeLoach, a retired construction representative for the U.S. Navy, has served on council for more than 14 years.

"I want to pay back a little, give back a little," he said Wednesday.

He said he is continuing to run so council has a conservative voice, but he looks forward to competition and hopes other conservative candidates run.

At the top of both incumbents' lists of issues is the future of the Port of Port Royal, which is owned by the S.C. States Ports Authority and is up for sale after a third failed attempt.

In 2011, Mayor Sam Murray and Councilmen Joe Lee and Tom Klein ran unopposed.

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