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Summerville Gears Up for Heated Mayoral Election Race in November 2023

Summerville, S.C. - Summerville is gearing up for its upcoming mayoral election race, scheduled for November 2023. With only eight months left until the election, the town is abuzz with excitement and anticipation as the first candidate, Dickie Miler, has already announced his candidacy. However, rumors suggest that other well-known figures in the community might also throw their hat in the ring.

Miler is a real estate agent and says on his website his career "has allowed him to witness the growth of the Summerville community firsthand".

He recently made headlines for his fight to have a local business shut down by the government, and has already begun campaigning. His first campaign expenditure report in January detailed that he's raised $13,082.72 last filling period from 52 donors for an average donation of $251.57 per donor, and a total raised of $15,853.41.

However, Miler may not have a clear path to victory, as rumors suggest that other candidates may also be considering running. Bill Mcintosh and Russ Touchberry, both current Town Councilmen, are said to be considering running for the Mayoral seat. Both Mcintosh and Touchberry are well-respected members of the community, and their leadership on the Town Council has earned them a great deal of support.

Another rumored candidate is former Mayor Wiley Johnson. Johnson served as the town's Mayor for one terms before deciding not to run for reelection in 2019 to the surprise of many supporters. Johnson has remained active in the local Republican Party since leaving office, and he could be a strong contender in the upcoming election having won an upset victory in 2015.

One thing that is certain is that current Mayor Ricky Waring will not be seeking reelection. Last summer, during a heated exchange with Councilman Mcintosh, Waring announced that he would not be running for another term. We reported on Mayor Waring's comments last Summer:

"Tonight Mayor Waring got personal with Councilman Mcintosh over the tax increase. Waring made news by announcing tonight for the first time in public that he wasn't going to seek reelection and said quote, "I'm not gon run again, hope Bill runs, 'cause if he runs I'm gonna not support him, because he hides behind a damn computer. We need this tax increase for the Town of Summerville. I don't know how we got behind. I don't. I just don't have any idea. It happened before me. It didn't happen because of Taxin' Terry and Spendin' Ricky I'll tell you that...". Tonight was the second Council meeting in a row that Mayor Waring has used profanity to get his point across."

As the election draws closer, the people of Summerville are preparing for what promises to be a heated and exciting race. With multiple candidates already rumored to be considering a run for office, voters will have a variety of choices to consider when they head to the polls in November 2023. The race for the mayoral seat in Summerville is sure to be one of the most closely watched political contests in the region, and it will be interesting to see who ultimately emerges victorious.

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