LITTLE MOUNTAIN — The lone mayoral applicant for the Town of Little Mountain is a former Mayor Pro Tem Jana Jayroe.
However, Jayroe is not the declared mayor because there is still time for write-in applicants to contend for the position. They have until noon Feb. 15.
The filing deadline for the vacant mayor position of the rural town was noon on Feb. 1.
Newberry County Voter Registration’s Shanna Proctor verified the petitions which were turned in to the voter registration office by Little Mountain’s Town Clerk Cindy Farr on Monday.
“If there are no write-ins by that time (noon Feb. 15) then she becomes the new mayor,” said Proctor.
The process for write-in applicants is the same as with the regular filing for mayor and that includes petitioning. Applicants must go to Little Mountain’s Town Hall or contact Farr.
If there are applicants through the write-in process, then there will be a special election held April 2. If there are no applicants, Jayroe becomes mayor and no special election will be held.
Jayroe and her husband, Arthur Jayroe, have an accounting business on Main Street in Little Mountain.
Jayroe served six years on town council many years ago, she said. After District 40 Rep. Walt McLeod was elected to the S.C. House for the first time, she served as mayor for less than two months. She was the interim mayor between McLeod and former mayor Buddy Johnson.