Pine Ridge, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Town of Pine Ridge seems ready for change from its present leadership. As usual, Mayor David Busby ran unopposed for another four-year term, but in a shocker, a write in candidate defeated him with 82 votes to his 68. That candidate was also a huge surprise. Bob Wells, a town councilman who had not refiled for his own seat and was thought to be retiring, ran a write-in camapiagn that was announced just last Saturday and unseated the mayor on Tuesday.
In the council election, there was the one change. As I said before, Robert “Bob” Well had said he had decided not to run again for reelection. No one knew that he was going to run for the mayor's seat as a write-in. That campaign was only unveiled on social media last Saturday. `
Floyd Dinkins' seat was also up for grabs, but he decided to run again and was easily swept back in for four more years with the second highest vote count at 107. That left Well’s seat up for grabs.
Dinkins’ son Rick, a student at USC, ran for that seat as did another political newcomer, Scott Simms who is a respiratory therapist. When all the votes were tallied, Simms was elected to fill the open council spot with 118 votes, while Rick Dinkins received just 44.
It looks like there may be some change in the way for the little town that was best known as a quiet bedroom community. That hasn't been said, but this brilliant political ploy wasn't done for the fun of doing it. Wells’ camp surely must think they have a better idea and are ready to try it.
Remember these are uncertified totals and are subject to change.