Town of Summerville has a new mayor-elect

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – The Town of Summerville has a new Mayor-elect.

There has been a lot of support for Ricky Waring, who won Tuesday’s election, including from one of his top opponents.

Councilman Bill Hearn conceded to Waring during the night but personally congratulated him after stopping by his watch party at the Summerville Country Club.

Unofficial race results revealed Waring received 3,266 votes while Hearn came in a close second with 3,005. Fleming Moore pulled in 354 votes and Brandon King came in with 283 votes. The official results will need to be confirmed by the election commission.

“I’m going to go to work once I get sworn in as mayor – thank you all so much,” said Waring during his victory speech.

Mayor-elect Waring will officially be sworn into office in January.

“We lost. It was very close,” Hearn said to supporters at his watch party. “Congratulations to Mr. Waring on his victory. Obviously, this means there is a change coming to the Town of Summerville.”

Hearn told supporters that even though he conceded, Summerville is still Summerville.

He also reminded everyone he is still on Dorchester County Council, for which he plans on running for re-election. Filing for that race will begin in March.

Waring will take over for current Mayor Wiley Johnson who announced he would not seek re-election earlier this year.

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