By SHERRY DIGMON
News Staff Writer
In a run-off election held Saturday, August 4, Poarch Creek Tribal Council Vice-Chairman Robert “Robbie” McGhee received 627 votes to retain his seat on the council.
He was challenged by Amy Bryan who finished with 596 votes.
The two emerged from field of four in the June election. Though McGhee received 605 votes and Bryan received 348 votes, neither received 51 percent. Executive offices on the council – chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer – require 51 percent of the vote.
According to the PCI Election Board, 1,223 General Council Members voted in the run-off. There were 286 absentee ballots, 568 walk-in ballots, and 369 members who voted in person the day of the election.
Voter turnout was exceptionally high for the runoff. In the election for three seats with 13 candidates running in June, 1,422 General Council Members voted. The runoff garnered almost exactly 200 fewer votes.
Members of the election board are Edie Baker, chairman; Carolyn Rackard, vice-chairman; Carolyn Peterson; Gilbert McGhee; and Brenda Faircloth.