Since 1992, the town of James Island has made several attempts to become incorporated, becoming one. For 14 of those years, Mayor Mary Clark, the town’s only mayor in its history, has served as a, what she calls, “stubborn” voice for the town, not giving up the fight until she wins. However, as of Tuesday night, Clark no longer reigns as the town’s leader. She had four challengers in this year’s election. Town Councilman Bill Woolsey topped the incumbent’s 20 percent, with 40 percent of the vote.
In talking to voters over the last couple of months, it was clear that the vast majority of voters thought that we needed a change. So, I wasn’t surprised about Mary Clark. The challengers as a whole came out so far ahead as the incumbent, that was no suprise.
Woolsey says he wants to concentrate on the town’s budget, first and foremost.
As for the court battle- James Island, and Mayor Clark, have tried two times before, but they were failed attempts. This time around, the town is just waiting for a final decision from the state Supreme Court.