Sullivan’s Island special meeting about mayoral race, update on SIES lawsuit

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mike Perkis will be on the ballot for the May 7 election.

Old news, right? Perkis announced he was running for Sullivan’s Island mayor, and no one else decided to run against him. But, state code allows unopposed races not to be put to an election in a cost-saving practice. Five people are running for three expiring town council seats, though, so the Town of Sullivan’s Island will put Perkis’ name on the ballot. It’s also a way for the town to have political transparency, clerk Ellen Miller said Friday morning after the Sullivan’s Island election commission met briefly.


The lawsuit brought forward by three Sullivan’s Island residents against the town concerning Sullivan’s Island Elementary School will proceed into the courts.

The Town of Sullivan’s Island asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit Friday, but that request was denied, administrator Andy Benke confirmed Monday morning.

Mayor pro tem Mike Perkis admitted the town’s lawyers considered it a “long shot” to have it dismissed, but said it was worth a try. “This is just a procedural move, and the next decision will be based on the facts and the laws. “The case now goes through the legal system just like any other case.” A rebuilt Sullivan’s Island Elementary is scheduled to open the fall of 2014. The school, a $26.5 million project, will be 74,000 square feet. The lawsuit is seeking to accomplish a town vote on the school, because the size and design – about twice as big as the former building – have been controversial. A group against the proposed school obtained the necessary amount of petitions for a referendum, but legal counsel representing the town, as well as outside counsel, determined the petition was defective.

“The young children in this area are entitled to their school, and nothing in this suit by a few residents can get in the way of the rebuilding of SIES on Sullivan’s Island,” Perkis said. “Our lawyers are just as confident today as they were before that the suit has no merit, and the town will prevail when the case is presented.”

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