Hancock elected mayor

on Monday, 22 November 2021. Posted in Local News


For the first time in more than a decade, the City of Hartsville will have a new mayor.

Civic-minded business owner Casey Hancock bested fellow challenger Justin Evans by a little more than 150 votes to win a run-off election held Nov. 16. Hancock received 836 votes, or 55 percent, to 682 votes, or 45 percent for Evans.

Hartsville's current mayor, Mel Pennington, announced in February that he would not seek a fourth term. He was first elected to the office in 2009. Hancock and Evans earned the opportunity to vie in the runoff after being the top two finishers in the five-candidate municipal election held Nov. 2. In the municipal election, Evans was the top vote-getter in the municipal election with 594 votes. Hancock finished second with 492 votes.

Following the runoff, Hancock said he was proud that the race was “clean and honest.” He said his first actions as mayor will be to continue listening to people the community to better understand their