No additional power for Summerville mayor

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — In Dorchester County, the mayor of Summerville will not receive more power.

The voters defeated a referendum to change the form of government to strong mayor.

The government in Summerville is structured as a strong council, meaning the council is in charge of making policy and carrying it out.

Mayor Wiley Johnson said he hoped voters would have chosen to give him more power in his role. Those opposed said that government is better without centralized power.

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