Atlantic Beach swears in new councilmen

02/24/2014 2:59 PM

02/24/2014 3:01 PM

Two men who won council sets in November took the oath of office in Atlantic Beach Thursday, according to a press release.

Town Manager William Booker said Kenneth McLaurin and Lenearl Evans were sworn in by Chief Judge Aaron C. Butler and will take their seats for the first time at the March 3 Town Council meeting.

McLaurin and Evans won a majority of the votes in the Nov. 12 election that was contested by write-in candidates Windy Price and Carolyn Cole.

The Atlantic Beach Municipal Election Commission denied Cole and Price’s protest, Booker said.

Both said they intended to appeal the results with the Horry County Circuit Court, but Booker said the Horry County Clerk of Court contacted the town on Feb. 17 to say no appeals had been field.

Mayor Jake Evans, who waited more than a year to take his seat in 2013 because election results were protested, said in a release Monday that he is looking forward to working with the new members.

“I am so pleased that the election results have been certified and the town can finally seat the winners,” he said. ‘There is much work to be done and I look forward to working with the council to achieve the priorities mandated by the citizens.”

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