Lisa McCarley easily defeated two other candidates to win a vacant town council seat in a special election held Tuesday.
According to York County Voter Registration and Elections, with all nine precincts reporting, McCarley won with 326 votes to 35 for Cory Kusick and 41 for Chris LaRocque. She will finish the two years left on the term previously served by Tom Spratt, who resigned last fall. Vote totals are unofficial until they are certified later this week.
McCarley, 44, a marketing manager, is a life-long town resident who graduated from Fort Mill High School and Appalachian State University. She is the chairwoman of the Fort Mill schools athletic board and co-chaired the last school district bond referendum committee.
Voter turnout in the at-large election far surpassed the 98 ballots cast in the last special election held in October, when James Shirey won the remainder of the term left on the Ward 1 seat. Shirey had 79 votes to 19 for Sean Jones. This latest election drew 4.3 percent of the town’s 9,337 registered voters.
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Pending certification of the results, McCarley will be sworn in at the next town council meeting Feb. 9