MANNING - Voter turnout was extremely light in Manning on Tuesday as slightly more than five percent of the city's more than 2,900 registered voters ventured to the polls to cast their ballots in the city's municipal election.
Three seats on …
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Three seats on Manning City Council were up for grabs. Diane Georgia, who has been representing her district since 2006, faced no opposition, and Ervin Davis Sr., who has been on council for more than 20 years, had no one running against him either. The only opposition was in the district represented by incumbent Julius Dukes Sr., who had opposition from Jerome Kendall.
The first precinct to report in Tuesday night was the absentee box which was followed closely by Manning 5, Manning 4, Manning 3 and Manning 2.
Dukes received the bulk of the votes in the absentee box with 34 votes followed by Georgia with nine votes, Kendall with eight votes and Davis garnering one vote.
Davis received all seven votes in the Manning 5 precinct.
In Manning 4, Georgia received 53 votes while Dukes and Kendal received seven votes each.
In Manning 3, Georgia received one vote.
In Manning 2, Davis received seven votes while Dukes garnered 16 votes to Kendall's two votes.
In paper balloting, Georgia received two votes, and Dukes received one vote.
After meeting Thursday morning to certify the election results, Shirley Black-Oliver, executive director of the Clarendon County Office of Voter Registration, said the unofficial totals released Tuesday night did not change.
Georgia, Davis and Dukes were the certified winners of Manning's Municipal Election.
Georgia, who ran unopposed, received 65 total votes, and Davis, who also ran unopposed, received 15 total votes. In the race between Dukes, the incumbent, and Kendall, Dukes received 58 total votes to his challenger's 17 total votes.
After the election, several candidates questioned the need for balloting in races when a race had no opposition.
"It's just a waste of time and money," Georgia said.
Georgia thanked her constituents for getting out and voting.
"I want everyone to know how much I appreciate their votes," she added. "I am honored by the continued support that they've shown me. I pledge to work hard on their behalf, and I'm always there to talk or meet with them when they need me."
Davis said that he's humbled to receive the support from his constituents for the past two decades.
"It feels great to know you have the support of the people who live within your district," Davis added. "I just want them to know that I'm always available when they have concerns or issues."
Dukes said that first he gives God the glory, before thanking his family and constituents for their support.
"Thank you to everyone who stood by my side," he said. "I want to thank the people of District 5 for their belief in me. I promise them that I will continue to do the best that I can for District 5 and the City of Manning."
Dukes also thanked his other council members and the mayor who stood by him throughout the election process.
Georgia, Davis and Dukes will be sworn into office at the next Manning City Council meeting on April 16.
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