Libertarian Bill Woolsey elected Mayor in SC

Recently, Libertarian Bill Woolsey was elected mayor of James Island, South Carolina. While the election was non-partisan, Woolsey is a longtime Libertarian Party member and supporter.

From Richard Winger of Ballot Access News:

James Island, South Carolina, held town elections on August 3.  Bill Woolsey, a member of the Libertarian Party, won the non-partisan Mayoral election.  He is an economics professor at the Citadel, and he had also been elected to the town council in 2002.

The election of Woolsey was a surprise.  Five candidates were on the ballot.  Woolsey polled 39.7%.  The incumbent Mayor placed second with 19.9%.  The Mayor had been so confident of being re-elected, she had not even bothered to attend a candidate’s debate, although all four of her opponents participated in that debate, and the debate drew a large audience.  Thanks to Eugene Platt for this news.