(WBTW) – Surfside Beach held a general election for three open town council seats on Tuesday.
Polls closed at 7 p.m., Tuesday evening. According to unofficial results, the winners of those seats are David Pellegrino, Bruce Dietrich and Debbie Scoles. Pellegrino is a returning council member while Dietrich and Scoles are new to the council.
A challenged ballot and certification hearing will take place on Thursday, April 5th at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers at Surfside Beach Town Hall.
Here is a breakdown of the total number of votes for each candidate:
Carol Cook: 241
Tim Courtney: 261
Bruce Dietrich: 354
David Pellegrino: 389
MaryNell True: 63
Cabell Young: 254
Debbie Scoles: 274
News13 asked the newly-elected council members about their top priority. Here’s what they said:
David Pellegrino: “The number one is the budget which includes the pier. So with the budget cycle coming, up very important decisions on that, the biggest one being moving forward with the pier reconstruction.”
Bruce Dietrich: “A unified council. That was my big concern, my major concern coming into this. I’m very excited. I think once we unify council the rest is going to get pretty easy.”
Debbie Scoles: “The pier. I’m glad the present council made a decision to move forward with one-story buildings on the pier but to build it with enough reinforcement that in future years we could go up to two stories.”