EASLEY — Last Tuesday’s special election to fill an empty spot on the school board drew nearly 900 voters — 859 in all — to the polls and more than half of them cast a vote for Brian Swords, who said after his victory he knew there was work to be done.
“I know it’s going to be a challenge and I knew that when I decided to run, and the challenge is what makes it worth it,” he said. “Right now, I want to thank all the voters who came out. For a special election, the turnout says a lot about the people in Pickens County, coming out to vote the way they did.”
Swords got 479 votes, which accounted for nearly 56 percent of the total votes cast. His closest competitor was Roy Costner, who got 185 votes. Bob Folkman got 113 votes and the fourth challenger, Bonita Thomas Holland, got 82.
Swords will have little time to settle in as the board begins its budgeting process April 7.
“I’m excited about the opportunity this presents having spoken with some of the board members,” Swords said. “Everyone seems open to moving in the right direction.”
The other special election was to fill the empty Ward 4 seat on Easley City Council. Terry Moore was the unofficial winner.
Moore, who got 90 votes to challenger Chad Roach’s 73, was excited to have the opportunity to serve the voters of his ward.
“Our area is falling behind and the plan is for Highway 153 to come around to Saluda Dam Rd., which is in my ward, and that road will be headed toward Pickens,” Moore said. “We need a grocery store and don’t have it, we need a drug store and don’t have it. This is money we need to keep in Easley.”
Moore, fresh off the heels of the win, is eager to make a change.
“The people of Ward 4 have entrusted me to look out for them, and that’s what I plan on doing. It’s not only downtown that needs revitalizing,” Moore said. “Our side of town needs revitalizing too, and we can do that and generate revenue from Dacusville and Cedar Rock. That’s revenue for the entire city which makes the town great and our homes worth more.”
All results are unofficial until certified by the Pickens County Registration & Election Commission at a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. April 3 in the County Council Chambers at the Pickens County Administration Facility, 222 McDaniel Ave. in Pickens. At that hearing, the Commission was to decide all provisional ballots, certify the final vote counts, and order any necessary recounts or runoff elections.