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One-term Fort Mill councilman ends incumbent's 24-year run

FORT MILL -- For the first time in more than two decades, Fort Mill will have a new mayor.

Voters chose Danny Funderburk, a challenger with one term on the Town Council under his belt, over longtime incumbent Mayor Charles Powers in Tuesday's election.

Powers has been in office for 24 years.

"I am extremely happy with the results," Funderburk said.

His campaign focused on bringing annual planning sessions to the Town Council and improving communication with other government entities such as the York County Council. Both issues seemed to resonate with town residents, he said. He also praised his campaign team for working hard to win the election.

Funderburk spent Tuesday shuttling among the precincts, greeting voters as they entered the polling stations.

"I'm looking forward to working with Charlie (Powers) over the next few months, and I want a smooth transition," he said.

Funderburk will be sworn in as mayor in January.

Powers said the results of the election have done nothing to diminish his love of Fort Mill, and he added that he will remain active in civic life around town after he leaves office. He'll also be spending more time with his family, he said.

"I feel I don't have anything to be ashamed of," Powers said of his record as mayor. He also spent one term on the council prior to being elected mayor in 1984.

Funderburk bested Powers in all five precincts. His biggest margin of victory came in Fort Mill Precinct 2, where the vote total was 197-83. Powers did best in Fort Mill Precinct 4, where he lost by only 26 votes, 219-193. The overall total was 791-517, with three write-in ballots, according to unofficial figures provided by York County Registrations and Elections Office.

Other results

In other races, incumbent Grady Ervin was re-elected to the Ward 2 council seat, defeating challenger Ronald Helms.

Tom Adams defeated former councilman Charlie Boyette to claim the Ward 4 seat, while incumbent Ken Starnes held onto his at-large seat, defeating challengers Bryan Smith and Dean Youhanic.

Slightly more than 20 percent of the town's 5,587 registered voters turned up at the polls Tuesday, casting a total of 1,297 ballots.

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