BEAUFORT, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2023) – A Special Election to elect a mayor of the City of Beaufort will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
This election will fill the unexpired term of Stephen Murray, who resigned as mayor on Sept. 15, at which time Mayor Pro Tem Michael McFee became acting mayor of Beaufort. This term will expire in December 2024.
The filing period to run in the Dec. 12 special election will open at noon on Friday, Oct. 6, and close at noon on Monday, Oct. 16.
Those interested in running for mayor must be a registered voter in South Carolina and a resident of the City of Beaufort. You can verify your registration status at the South Carolina Board of Elections website or by calling the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration and Elections at 843-255-6900.
Candidates must pick up a Candidate Information Packet from City Council Clerk Traci Guldner, whose address is City Hall, 1911 Boundary St., Beaufort, 2nd floor. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri.
That packet includes a Statement of Intention of Candidacy—Nonpartisan form, which must be completed and filed, along with a $250 filing fee, and returned to the council clerk’s office, by the noon Oct. 16 deadline. Make checks payable to the City of Beaufort.
Candidates must also file by the Oct. 16 deadline two additional forms, a Statement of Economic Interest and Campaign Disclosure, with the South Carolina Ethics Commission. These must be filed online here (https://ethicsfiling.sc.gov/filing/home). Late submissions cannot be accepted in accordance with South Carolina election law.