Lisa McCarley easily defeated two other candidates to win a vacant town council seat in a special election held last Tuesday.
According to York County Voter Registration and Elections, with all nine precincts reporting, McCarley won with 328 votes to 36 for Cory Kusick and 42 for Chris LaRocque. She will finish the two years left on the term previously served by Tom Spratt, who resigned last fall. The vote was certified Jan. 29.
McCarley, 44, a marketing manager, is a life-long town resident who graduated from Fort Mill High School and Appalachian State. She is the chairwoman of the Fort Mill School District Athletic Board and was co-chairwoman the last school district bond referendum committee.
“Thank you to all the voters for putting your faith and trust in me and electing me to the Fort Mill town Council,” McCarley said. “I am honored and pleased to take on this new role.”
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.
McCarley will be sworn in at the next town council meeting Feb. 9
“I’m looking forward to serving with our council members and town officials to have organized, strategic growth, traffic flow improvements and restructuring of our parks and recreation facilities,” McCarley said.