James Island, South Carolina, held town elections on August 3. Bill Woolsey, a member of the Libertarian Party, won the non-partisan Mayoral election. He is an economics professor at the Citadel, and he had also been elected to the town council in 2002.
The election of Woolsey was a surprise. Five candidates were on the ballot. Woolsey polled 39.7%. The incumbent Mayor placed second with 19.9%. The Mayor had been so confident of being re-elected, she had not even bothered to attend a candidate’s debate, although all four of her opponents participated in that debate, and the debate drew a large audience. Thanks to Eugene Platt for this news.