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Gettys projected to win Rock Hill mayoral reelection

Gettys, who was first elected mayor in 2017, won 51% of the vote.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Incumbent Rock Hill Mayor John Gettys is the projected winner of the Rock Hill mayoral election, the York County Board of Elections announced late Wednesday afternoon.

With 37 of 39 precincts reporting, Gettys has won 51% of the vote.

The remaining two precincts are "failsafe" and "provisional." These ballots will be reviewed during a York County Board of Elections meeting Thursday morning.

Officials said the number of remaining votes is not significant enough to change the election outcome. The results will be certified Thursday at 10 a.m. 

Incumbent Gettys faced two challengers, York County Councilmember William "Bump" Roddey and political newcomer Ishmael Lowery.

Voters went to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in person for the mayoral race. Like other elections across the Carolinas, delayed census data that would be used to potentially reshape districts have delayed other elections such as those for city or county commissioners.

Congrats To Gettys

Posted by William Roddey on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Gettys was first elected mayor in 2017 when he defeated Roddey by around 500 votes. Gettys' reelection campaign touted the growth in Rock Hill under his leadership, including the Carolina Panthers' new team headquarters

Roddey is currently serving in his fifth term representing District 4 on the York County Council. Lowery, who identifies himself as a conservative, is a newcomer to the York County political scene.

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