Liberty elects Boughman

By Ben Robinson

Courier Staff

COUNTY — Four municipalities in Pickens County held elections Tuesday.

Former Liberty City Councilman Eric Boughman garnered enough votes to defeat incumbent Michael Sheriff for the mayor’s seat. Boughman defeated Sheriff 261 votes to 238 votes.

In Liberty’s only other race, Chuck Powell defeated Brian Deese for an at-large seat on Liberty City Council. Powell took the victory with 292 votes to Deese’s 205.

In Pickens, three city council seats were up for election, with incumbents Patrick Lark and Carlton Holley Jr., along with Donald McKinney, earning the seats. Lark led all candidates with 217 votes. Holley was second with 216 votes, while McKinney received 192 votes. Carl Allmond received 167 votes and Jimmy Lee Davis received 166 votes, but neither earned a seat on council.

In Central, four candidates competed for three open seats on town council, with incumbent Benji Cumbie finishing first with 82 votes, incumbent Paige Bowers finishing second with 80 votes and incumbent Ken Dill placing third with 77 votes. Failing to earn a seat was Steven H. Farmer, who gained 14 votes.

Easley had a single seat up for grabs, with incumbent Libby Brown Dodson losing her seat to former Easley Chamber of Commerce director Kent Dykes. Dykes picked up 218 votes to Dodson’s 93 votes.

In Norris, three candidates competed for two seats on Town Council. Wendell Melton had the most votes with 38, and Lawrence McClure won the other seat on council with 33 votes. Brian Norris, who had 24 votes, did not earn a seat on council.

Results include all but failsafe and provisional votes and are unofficial until the recount, set for Thursday.