Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Isle of Palms residents had two choices for the city’s mayoral position in tonight’s election, and both are familiar faces.
Dick Cronin, current mayor, and Ryan Buckhannon, current mayor pro tem, are both campaigned for the job, but Cronin was the voter’s favorite.
They were the only people to submit petitions to the city office.
There were four city council positions up for grabs. Incumbents Barbara Bergwerf and Marty Bettelli, as well as Sandy Ferencz and Patrick Harrington were elected to those seats. The same is true for the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission, which Curtis Helfrich and Dana Love were the only two to submit petitions.
Cronin told the Moultrie News it has been an honor to serve the island as mayor for the past five years – much has been accomplished.
Since 2000 he has served on the city’s planning commission.
As mayor he said he would continue to champion legislation in Columbia, which would allow beach communities to fund beach preservation needs by charging tourists. This legislation has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House next year. He said he was successful in getting this year’s state budget to include $2 million for beach preservation; it has been $0 in the recent budgets.
“I believe we can maintain a healthy and vibrant community, while prudently spending our resources to provide city services. While a small city, we have the reputation of doing things right; that takes leadership,” he told the Moultrie News during his campaign.
Cronin said he will work to building solutions based on partnerships with the county and the state that benefit all residents of our city is an important aspect of my leadership.