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Lisa Redwine withdraws from Port Royal council race

Port Royal municipal election candidates are: TOP ROW (left to right): Sam Murray (incumbent), Kristina Wetzel, John Winner and Chuck Wood for mayor. BOTTOM ROW: Jerry Ashmore, Tom Klein and Darryl Owens for Town Council.
Port Royal municipal election candidates are: TOP ROW (left to right): Sam Murray (incumbent), Kristina Wetzel, John Winner and Chuck Wood for mayor. BOTTOM ROW: Jerry Ashmore, Tom Klein and Darryl Owens for Town Council.

Lisa Redwine had the perfect campaign slogan picked out to match her town's laid-back persona.

"Port Royal needs Redwine," she would have used. Maybe next time.

Redwine withdrew from the Town Council race last month, not long after the filing deadline. In talking with other candidates, Redwine recognized a strong field and that her commitment wasn't necessary this time around, she said.

"They are excellent people who are as invested, if not more so, than me," Redwine said. "They will do a great job."

Redwine's withdrawal leaves three men vying for two spots in the Nov. 3 election: Jerry Ashmore, Darryl Owens and incumbent Tom Klein.

Redwine is the sports and aquatics director at the Wardle Family YMCA and a member of the town's Parks and Recreation Commission. She said she had hoped for controlled growth of the town as the port property is eventually developed and to preserve the town's history.

The remaining candidates each have a record of civic service.

Klein has been on council four years and was a member of the town's Redevelopment Commission. Ashmore served on the Redevelopment Commission, Beaufort's Design Review Board and the board of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Owens is on Port Royal's Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals and is a past member of the Design Review Board and Metropolitan Planning Commission.

On Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a forum for mayor and council candidates at Port Royal Elementary School.

Follow reporter Stephen Fastenau at twitter.com/IPBG_Stephen.

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