Filing has officially opened for the Summerville mayoral race. As of Friday, three candidates filed for the coveted, nonpartisan seat: Bill Hearn, Richard Waring and Fleming Moore.

Hearn is currently on Dorchester County Council, and Waring is the former chief of Summerville Fire-Rescue. Moore is a local singer-songwriter running a grassroots campaign. There have also been community rumblings that a fourth candidate might file.

Current Mayor Wiley Johnson was elected to his first term in 2015, unseating incumbent Bill Collins; but he has said he doesn't plan to seek re-election. Johnson made the announcement last month, first telling a group of his supporters at a barbecue function at his home.

At that time, Johnson told the Journal Scene that while he felt he had a chance at another political victory, the current form of government limits his position too much for him to enact necessary changes. 

Filing opens for Summerville's mayoral race

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“I feel like I could have won, but if the people of Summerville don’t see a need to restructure things politically, there’s just not much point in running,” Johnson said.

The mayor revealed he also plans do donate $1,700 in campaign funds to local nonprofits.

Town Council seats in districts 2, 4 and 6, along with commissioner of public works, an at-large seat, are also up for election. All races are nonpartisan; and all three council members up for re-election, including Christine Czarnik, Bill McIntosh, and Bob Jackson, are seeking another term.

So far, only one council incumbent is being challenged for a seat. Terry Jenkins told the Journal Scene he wanted to again seek the District 2 seat. Czarnik and Jenkins both ran for District 2 in 2015.

Filing for town offices closes at noon on Sept. 6. Election Day is Nov. 3.

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