Julia Nelson was elected as the new Manning mayor in a close election that was decided by 63 votes. According to unofficial tallies from tonight, Nelson beat out Mayor Pro-tem Ervin L. Davis 546 votes to 483.
Tuesday’s special election was held to fill the vacant seat of former mayor Kevin Johnson. Johnson was elected to the S.C. House to fill the unexpired seat of Rep. Cathy Harvin, who died in December of last year.
“I’m very pleased with the results and am thankful for the confidence that the citizens of Manning have placed in me,” she said. “I promise to lead and address all issues as appropriately as I can.”
Nelson beat out Davis in Manning Precinct 1 (32-27), Precinct 2 (31-29), and Precinct 4 (208-52). Davis beat out Nelson in Precinct 3 (195-36), and Precinct 5 (97-30). Nelson won the Absentee vote (204-78). Both candidates received five fail safe votes each.
Nelson says that she will not have to give up her position as member of Clarendon School District 2, as it is an appointed position. Manning City Administrator Pat Goodwin said that Nelson will assume her position as a Mayor at the next City Council meeting to be held next Monday, July 18. Ervin Davis will remain as Manning’s Mayor-Pro-tem.