SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — The results are certified for the Surfside Beach mayoral race between Cindy Keating, Rob Krouse and David Pellegrino.
Krouse (567 votes, 48%) has won the mayoral election, defeating Pellegrino (472 votes, 40%) and Keating (136 votes, 12%). There will be no runoff despite no one winning 50% of the vote, as Surfside Beach does not do runoffs.
In the Surfside Beach Town Council race, seven people — including two incumbents, ran for three seats. Harry Kohlmann (624 votes, 19.85%), Shawn Fallon (585 votes, 18.61%) and Skip Walls (507 votes, 16.13%) have won a seat in town council.
Incumbents Paul Holder (360 votes, 11.45%) and Michael Drake (173 votes, 5.5%) received the fewest amount of votes of the seven who ran.
Krouse spoke Tuesday night about his first order of business.
“First thing I want to do is just start to bring the council together,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of division in our town for the last few years and I just want to work and make sure that we’re working toward common goals, putting the residents first.”
Incumbent mayor Bob Hellyer did not file for reelection.
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