Here’s who’s run­ning for the new mayor’s old seat

The Island Packet - - Local - BY KATHERINE KOKAL [email protected]­land­

When John McCann was sworn in as mayor of Hil­ton Head on Dec. 4, he va­cated his seat on Town Coun­cil, where he has rep­re­sented Ward 6 since 2012.

The spe­cial elec­tion to fill McCann’s seat is Feb. 19. Can­di­dates who wish to run in the elec­tion have un­til 4:30 p.m,. Dec. 17 to file state­ments of can­di­dacy with the town records depart­ment. Three can­di­dates have filed so far.

Only res­i­dents of Ward 6 may vote in the spe­cial elec­tion.

Ward 6 com­prises por­tions of the north end of the is­land, in­clud­ing Port Royal Plan­ta­tion, Pal­metto Hall and part of Hil­ton Head Plan­ta­tion. You can check your ward and precinct in­for­ma­tion here.

The win­ner of the elec­tion will serve un­til 2020 — the end of McCann’s term.



Jim Col­lett


Berry, 61, moved from Bluffton to Hil­ton Head in 2011. He has lived in Beau­fort County for 29 years af­ter he moved to the Low­coun­try from Raleigh, N.C. He is a branch man­ager at Ocean Woods Land­scap­ing, and lives in the Folly Field area.

Berry filed to run for the Ward 6 seat in 2016 against McCann, but with­drew due to work-re­lated time con­straints.

He said he wants to work on in­creas­ing trans­porta­tion ef­fi­ciency and re-imag­in­ing va­cant com­mer­cial build­ing use on Hil­ton Head. Berry also said he would fo­cus on the town’s re­la­tion­ship with the Beau­fort County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

“I think there needs to be some dis­cus­sion with (Sher­iff P.J.) Tan­ner so we can just kind of get back to square one,” Berry said. “I don’t think we need to be in an ad­ver­sar­ial re­la­tion­ship go­ing for­ward.”

Berry filed around noon on Dec. 7, ac­cord­ing to his state­ment of can­di­dacy form.


Col­lett, 71, moved to

Hil­ton Head in 2000 from Crofton, Md., where he worked as a cor­po­rate plan­ner for Ver­i­zon. He and his wife, Mar­cia, live in Hil­ton Head Plan­ta­tion.

Col­lett is the chair­man of Vol­un­teers in Medicine, and said he wants to rep­re­sent Ward 6 so he can help “im­prove telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions on the is­land” such as WiFi and cell ser­vice. He also said he wants to fo­cus on trans­porta­tion and work­force hous­ing is­sues.

Col­lett ran for mayor in 2010. Now, he hopes to help bring the coun­cil to­gether.

“We need some rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of our town coun­cil,” he said. “I mean it’s been a lot of one group against the other.”

Col­lett filed around noon on Dec. 7, ac­cord­ing to his state­ment of can­di­dacy form.


Stan­ford, 75, has lived on Hil­ton Head full-time since 2006 af­ter va­ca­tion­ing on the is­land as a teenager. He moved from At­lanta where he was a lawyer in a pri­vate prac­tice. He lives in Hil­ton Head Plan­ta­tion and was the chair­man of the town’s board of zon­ing ap­peals.

Stan­ford sits on the town’s plan­ning com­mis­sion and said he wants to con­tinue work­ing on solv­ing work­force hous­ing is­sues on the is­land and im­prove the safety of cross­walks.

Stan­ford also said that he be­lieves Mitchelville, the site of the coun­try’s first freed­men’s com­mu­nity, “can and should be” one of the “great sto­ries of the United States.”

“I love this com­mu­nity,” Stan­ford said. “I want to see more of a fo­cus on the res­i­dents of Hil­ton Head ver­sus (a fo­cus on) tourists.”

Stan­ford filed around noon on Dec. 7, ac­cord­ing to his state­ment of can­di­dacy form.

KATHERINE KOKAL The Is­land Packet.

Hil­ton Head Town Coun­cil mem­bers, from left, Ta­mara Becker and Bill Harkins, join Mayor John McCann, Town Man­ager Steve Ri­ley and coun­cil mem­ber Marc Grant on Dec. 4 on the dais. Not pic­tured: coun­cil mem­bers Tom Len­nox and David Ames.

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