HEMINGWAY, S.C. – Hemingway residents will decide Tuesday on a new mayor and two new council members.
A special election will be held Tuesday and voters can cast their ballots at the Hemingway Fire Department from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hemingway Mayor Pro Tem Charlie Carter, John Michael Collins and Nick Patel have filed to run for the mayor’s seat and serve the unfilled portion of retired mayor Grady Richardson’s term.
>> Carter has served on the Hemingway Town Council for 15 years.
>> Collins owns Chlorinator Solutions and has been the chairman of the South Carolina Bar-B-Que Shag Festival in Hemingway for five years.
>> Patel has owned the Coachman Inn in Hemingway since 2005.
Richardson retired as mayor of Hemingway in February after more than 20 years of service. He was re-elected as mayor in July. When Richardson retired, he said in a letter that he could not be effective as mayor without the support of the majority of the council to question the actions of the administrator.
Three people have also filed to fill two at-large seats on the town council. Solomon Lewis, Hamel N. Patel and Bennett Cox have filed to run for council seats. John Coker resigned from the council in February and Douglas G. Joy Jr. resigned in March.