Pelzer voters choose Ragland to serve as mayor, council seat to be determined


By Stan Welch
Months after the Pelzer municipal elections were delayed by the coronavirus, the town has a new mayor. Will Ragland, who has served as mayor pro tem since mayor Roger Scott’s untimely passing, won eighty per cent of the vote, defeating Harold Tennihill handily.
The one vacant council seat is still officially unfilled, until the election commission meets Thursday and certifies the results. Donna Ide leads among those whose name appeared on the ballot, with thirty seven votes, followed by Gary Garbo Pridmore with thirty one votes, David Hatley with thirteen votes and Margaret Jamison with two votes.
However, Skip Goldsmith, a write in candidate, appears to have won the seat with fifty four of the one hundred forty three votes cast. Five other write in votes were cast as well, for a variety of people. That one hundred forty three votes cast represents twenty two point four percent of the six hundred thirty seven registered voters in the town.