Shipyard Registered Voters!

Tuesday May 3rd is the day to vote in the special election to replace Lee Edwards Ward 3 Seat on HHI Town Council. Here are the candidates who are running-

David Ames

Ames, an unofficial advisor to Mayor David Bennett, serves on the board of the non-profit Hilton Head Institute and has previously been chair of a number of local organizations and boards, including the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, The Children’s Center, Hilton Head College Center, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry and the Mayor’s Task Force for the Island’s Future.

He was also the recipient of the Alice Glenn Doughtie Good Citizenship Award in 2009 and the Marilyn Stein Bellet Award in 2011.

Ryan McAvoy

McAvoy became an in-house marketing coordinator for Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa in June and previously held the same position at Hilton Head Guest Services, a vacation package and services company where he worked for more than 20 years.

McAvoy has run three previous times for town office. He last ran in 2012 for the Ward 3 seat, and previously lost a special election for the Ward 3 seat in 2011 and a write-in candidacy for mayor in 2010.

Brendan Reilley

Reilley is co-owner of Aunt Chilada’s Easy Street Cafe on Pope Avenue, The Boardroom in the Hilton Head Plaza near Sea Pines Resort and Carolina Crab Company at Palmetto Bay Marina. He is also a partner of Reilley’s Grill and Bar on the island’s south end and The Crazy Crab restaurants on the north end and at Harbour Town.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Reilley also launched the Eat Local HHI initiative with his wife, Jill, in 2013.

Palmer Simmons

Simmons is the grandson of well-known Gullah leader Charlie Simmons Sr., who ferried islanders to and from the mainland before the bridges to Hilton Head were constructed in 1956.

Palmer Simmons operates Carolina Trucking HH LLC, a dump-truck-for-hire company, and previously ran Simmons Fishing Camp, a now-shuttered night club on Simmons Road.

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