Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler has won the 2014 Goose Creek mayoral election. He defeated Councilmember Jerry Tekac on Tuesday, April 8.
Heitzler received 1,759 total votes while Tekac received 930 total votes, according to unofficial results.
For the Goose Creek City Council race, incumbents Kimo Esarey (1,712 votes) and Mark Phillips (1,731 votes) won along with Debra Green-Fletcher (1,589 votes). Council candidate Victoria Morrell received 1,071 votes while candidate Gerald Stinson received 1,029 votes.
Heitzler campaigned with Esarey, Phillips and Green-Fletcher.
“The team won this election,” Heitzler said. “Thanks to all the voters that came out. The team is going to move the city forward. We don’t have any individual players in Goose Creek. That’s not how we move forward. It’s always been a team approach.”
“Regardless of the turnout this shows there are issues that need to be addressed,” Tekac said.
There were 2,689 total votes cast in the mayoral race, a stronger turnout than any city election had seen in several years. In the afternoon lines stretched all the way across the municipal center and into the parking lot.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the last voter walked out of the door at 7:36 p.m.