TEGA CAY — Mayor George Sheppard will serve a second term at the helm of the Tree City.
Turnout in Tega Cay was relatively high for an off-year election, with approximately 22 percent of voters showing up at the polls to cast ballot in the mayoral race and to fill two city council positions.
Sheppard has served as mayor since 2010. He received 731 votes, or 48 percent of the more than 1,500 votes cast. Candidate Larry Pritchard received 450 and Ron Kirby received 323.
“I’m overwhelmed and grateful,” Sheppard said.
“We’ve done so much in the past four years, it almost seemed silly not to attempt a second term. All the hard work to get us here, it would be a shame not to continue that. I’m hoping the next four years we can have some fun and do some real good things in the city.”
Pritchard and Kirby said that although they were disappointed with the result, they were pleased with the overall turnout from Tega Cay voters.
“I’m certainly proud of Tega Cay for getting out and voting,” Kirby said. “We were astounded by the numbers.”
Kirby will continue to serve on the Tega Cay City Council, where he has two years left in his term.
“I haven’t stopped being involved since I got here 20 years ago, and I’m not going to stop now,” Kirby said.
This was Pritchard’s first run for office. He’ll “never say never,” but is doubtful he’ll run for office again.
Still, “we did a good job for first timers,” Pritchard said.
Votes are unofficial until the election is certified at 10 a.m. on Thursday.