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Newcomers elected to City Council

Posted: February 19, 2013 - 3:57pm
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Carey and Constance Miller drop their ballots into the box as they vote at the Riverview Park Activities Center.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Carey and Constance Miller drop their ballots into the box as they vote at the Riverview Park Activities Center.

North Augusta City Council will have two new members in May.

Fletcher Dickert and David McGhee, both political newcomers, were elected Feb. 12.

The third position will be filled by Pat Carpenter, who was re-elected to a sixth term. The fourth city council candidate, incumbent Arthur Shealy, was not re-elected.

The new terms will begin in May.

Carpenter expressed her gratitude for her supporters after the results were announced at Riverview Park Activities Center.

“I’m thankful that people put their faith and trust in me to be re-elected,” she said. “I promise to continue to do my very best and look forward to the next four years.”

McGhee said he was excited about the results and the opportunity to serve North Augusta.

“It’s time to get to work,” he said. “This was the first phase and now the second phase is coming in. I’m very excited, very grateful for all the support that I got.”

Over the next few months, he plans to “have a lot of conversations” with city council members and others in preparation for joining the council in May.

Dickert also plans to meet with the city officials and city council members and attend city meetings.

“I’m looking forward to going to work with the council that’s in now, with the mayor, the city administrator and the department heads,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working hard to make North Augusta better, improve our quality of life.”

Shealy, who has served on the city council since November 2000, thanked North Augusta residents for the chance to serve. His term will expire in May.

“I’ve valued the education and the opportunities to grow,” he said by phone.

He will be missed, Carpenter said.

“Arthur has done a wonderful job on council,” she said, adding that she’s also excited about the two new council members.

North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones ran unopposed.

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