By Al Dozier

Irmo businessman Bill Danielson narrowly won an Irmo Council seat in a contest so close a recount was required.

Danielson won by five votes, 270 to candidate Barbara Waldman’s 265 votes. The count was upheld after a recount Thursday afternoon.

Candidate Mike Ward came in third with 110 votes, followed by Arthur McClain, who had 10 votes.

Danielson is a local businessman who has been active with chambers and non-profit organizations in the Irmo area for the past 30 years. He is a newcomer to an elective office but has served at the state level with the State Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

While speaking with voters, Danielson said he would work to make sure the council treats people with respect, and bring a tone of decency to council meetings that have been marked by discord in the past.

He said he is looking forward to working with Mayor Barry Walker Sr., “a colleague and a friend.”

Waldman said she was informed that she was only one vote behind and was hoping the recount would show a change. But election officials confirmed the 270 to 265 vote after the recount.

The seat was left open after voters ousted longtime Mayor Hardy King, who had held that post since 2011, and elected Walker mayor in November. Tuesday’s election was held to fill Walker’s former council seat.

Photo: Bill Danielson with Mayor Barry Walker