Municipal elections scheduled

COUNTY — The majority of the county’s municipal seats up for grabs in November’s elections — including four mayor seats — won’t appear on the ballot after no opposition filed for the race.

[cointent_lockedcontent]Easley mayor Larry Bagwell, Norris mayor Odell Williams, Pickens mayor David Owens and Six Mile mayor Roy Stoddard have all been automatically reelected in the Nov. 3 election after filing closed earlier this month with no other candidates running for the office.

The only contested races in the election will be for council seats in Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens and Six Mile.

In Easley, incumbent Ward 5 councilman Thomas Wright will be challenged by James Eller and Bob Fedder.

In Liberty, Ward 4 incumbent Brian Petersen’s name will appear on the ballot, although his only challenge is from write-in candidate Mac F. Gravley after Mark Rowland filed and later withdrew his candidacy.

With two seats up for grabs in Norris, incumbents Roy Bryant and Brian Cook will face a challenge from Kendall Shirley. Cook’s name will not appear on the ballot, however, as he filed as a write-in candidate.

The three seats to fill in Pickens’ election will be decided between incumbents Fletcher Perry and Patti Welborn, Lois Porter and write-in candidate Joel Leese. Incumbent Isaiah Scipio, who is battling health issues, filed originally but later withdrew his candidacy.

In Six Mile, newcomer Harriet A. Mitchell will be vying with incumbents Jeff Dennis and David Yongue for two open seats.

If necessary, a runoff election will be held Nov. 17.