Election results certified in Surfside Beach

akelley@thesunnews.comApril 10, 2014 

  • Surfside Beach Town Council

    David Pellegrino | 420

    Bob Childs | 396

    Ralph Magliette | 302

    Sammy Truett | 284

    Beth Kohlmann | 278

    Rod Smith | 174

    Sandra Elliott | 167

    Keith Dame | 105

    Carrie Johnson | 86

David Pellegrino and Bob Childs officially can celebrate winning seats as Surfside Beach Town Council members following a certification of votes from Tuesday’s election, but two candidates will continue to campaign.

A certification hearing Thursday slightly changed preliminary numbers from Tuesday, giving each candidate a few extra votes without changing the results.

Pellegrino received the highest number of votes with 420, ahead of Childs who earned 396.

Ralph Magliette and Sammy Truett, who had 302 and 284 votes, respectively, will participate in a runoff April 22 to determine the winner of the third open seat.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Dick M. Johnson Civic Center at 829 Pine Drive and the Surfside United Methodist Church at 800 13th Avenue North on April 22.

The Town Council meeting, originally scheduled for the election day, will instead be held April 21.

Magliette said he spent two to three hours each day since election filing opened walking the streets in town and knocking on doors. He said the two weeks might not be enough to speak with every resident again, but hopes he can share his message of the need for “loving kindness” on Town Council.

Truett, who previously served on Town Council for 10 years, said he hopes to help change the attitude on council and in town.

He said he misses being a councilman and wants to help Surfside Beach in long-term planning.

“It seems like now we are getting bogged down on things like parking meters, and docks and the pier and not focusing on the bigger picture,” he said.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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