Mayor: Chapin Special Election Date Set Secretly

Chapin, SC (WLTX) A special election will be held on September 30 in the town of Chapin for a possible change of form of government, and the mayor says it was done illegally.

Chapin Mayor Skip WIlson released a statement saying, "Council members Atkins, Frick and Hollis have taken it upon themselves to hold a secret meeting last week to pass a resolution to set the special election date for September 30, 2014, and now the Lexington County Election Commissioners have approved that date which serves the Council members' own best interest and convenience, and not in compliance with the Town of Chapin ordinances."

Wilson has called for a special town hall meeting on the issue Thursday at 6 p.m.

The mayor and the town council have butted heads since he was sworn into office back in January. What's at stake in the special election is a balance of power in the town's government. If voters approved going away from a strong-mayor system, Wilson would have much less authority in management decision within Chapin. If voters decide to keep the current structure, the council would still be the main driver of the direction of the city's business.

For their part, the Lexington County Elections Commission says in a statement, "the Lexington County Voter Registration and Election Commission will conduct the Town of Chapin Special change of form of government referendum election on September 30, 2014" .

Lexington County Election Commissioner Dean Crepes said that the statement the Lexington election commission sent out speaks for itself.

"We are going to wait and see what happens, " said Crepes.


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