By DEUCE NIVEN
& JENN CAUSEY
To the surprise of, perhaps, no one, five unchallenged candidates sailed to easy victories in two Tabor-Loris Community elections Tuesday.
Tabor City Council incumbents Lamont Grate and Sam Rogers were challenged by five write-in votes in Tuesday’s voting, with only 157 voters making it to the Tabor City District Court Building to cast ballots.
Grate led the counting with 139 votes, Rogers came in with 95. Four early votes were cast in the race, for whom was not known Tuesday, but as a poll worker said “It won’t make a difference.
In Loris incumbents Carroll Padgett and Michael Suggs were joined by political newcomer Andrea Coleman for three open seats on city council.
Suggs led the vote totals with 131, Padgett followed with 110, Coleman earned 91 votes. There were 13 write-in votes, one absentee, neither sufficient to change the outcome.
None of the votes are official quite yet. Certification of the votes in Loris is scheduled for Thursday, while Columbus County’s canvas of municipal voting is scheduled for Nov. 12.
For more on the elections see Wednesday’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.