City Council Upsets

By: Laurabree Austin Email
By: Laurabree Austin Email

It was a win worth noticing. For the first time in two decades, Charleston's mayor was voted back into office. But there were still a few upsets in this week's voting.

One person missing from Danny Jones’ celebration party was political newcomer Dr. Cubert Smith. He went door to door on the east side of the city to get his votes and ran as an independent. Smith says of his appeal to voters, “I told them you really now have a choice, I mean you have a choice of shaping and having input in your own destiny, so it was put on them. That's why I say the win belongs to those folks, who went out and voted.”

Six people were elected for the council at large seats, and that final seat was close. Kasey Russell beat Archie Chestnut by less than a percentage point. The mayor encouraged Russell to run, and she believes she can make a real difference.

There were also two other city council races that were very close. In the 7th ward, Adam Knauff won by just eleven votes -- and in the 13th ward Susie Salizbury won by fifteen votes.

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