Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Berkeley County has elected a new supervisor, as Bill Peagler won a commanding runoff election victory over incumbent Dan Davis.
Peagler earned 56.2 percent of the vote to earn the Republican nomination for Berkeley County Supervisor defeating the two-term incumbent Davis.
Berkeley County is one of four South Carolina counties to have an elected supervisor form of government.
“It was a great groundswell,” Peagler said. “I said my prayers. We put together a good run over the last weeks.”
Peagler credited recent endorsements for the late surge his campaign enjoyed.
“I’m disappointed but our election process is the best in the world,” Davis said moments after conceding the race.”The voters have spoken.”
Turnout was light Tuesday. Peagler goes into the general election unopposed. Barring a successful write-in campaign, he will be sworn into the seat in January.
District 6 incumbent Jack Schurlknight kept the Republican nomination from former Rep. James Law in a close vote Tuesday.
“I’m a happy Jack,” Schurlknight said. “I think the voters are saying that James and myself have a lot of the same philosophy. I was very fortunate to get the majority of the votes to continue working for the citizens.”
In the waning days of the race, Davis put up TV ads touting job creation in the county, and Berkeley County GOP Chair Terry Hardesty resigned his post and endorsed Peagler and Law.
Peagler also earned support from former supervisor candidate Jerry Beckley.
With 61 of 61 precincts reporting ...
Bill Peagler 5,424 (56.20 percent)
Dan Davis 4,228 (43.8 percent)
With 19 of 19 precinct reporting ...
Jack Shurlknight 1,543
James Law 1,478
Polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as Supervisor Dan Davis and challenger Bill Peagler wait on results of their runoff election in the Republican Primary.
The winner of Tuesday’s runoff will be all but assured of securing the county’s top political spot in November.
Another race to watch in Tuesday’s election: County Council District 6, which features incumbent Jack Schurlknight and challenger James Law.
Continue to check this website for election updates.