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Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann Announces Plans to Step Down at End of His Term

August 8, 2022

Hilton Head Island Mayor John McCann announced on Monday that he does not plan to seek re-election as mayor in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8.

"It has been a privilege to serve as mayor of Hilton Head Island and represent the residents who live here. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the community in this capacity and working alongside a dedicated and caring group of Town Council Members, our Town Manager, and our Town staff," Mayor McCann said.

McCann was elected as mayor in November 2018 and sworn into office in December 2018. Prior to becoming mayor, he represented Ward 6 on Town Council. McCann’s term as mayor ends December 5, 2022.

The filing period to declare candidacy for the Office of Mayor of Hilton Head Island opened on August 1 and closes at noon on Monday, August 15. Candidates filing for the Office of Mayor must reside and be registered to vote within the Town of Hilton Head Island.

The mayor will serve a four-year term, from December 6, 2022, through December 1, 2026. Thus far two individuals, Alan R. Perry and Michael Santomauro, have filed to run for mayor. In addition to the mayor, candidates will be seeking election or re-election for Town Council Wards 2, 4 and 5. They will also serve for four years.

For more information on filing for election, visit or contact Krista Wiedmeyer, Town Clerk, at 843-341-4701, or

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Carolyn Grant, Communications Director