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Head to the polls

Posted: May 20, 2014 9:53 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Politically, it’s a bit of an unusual year here in Kershaw County and South Carolina. Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell is stepping down to become the president of the College of Charleston, and those in line to succeed him say they don’t want the thankless and mostly meaningless job. But in the meantime, there are four candidates running for that post in the June Republican primary, so it obviously appeals to somebody. We suspect there is the lingering hope that becoming lieutenant governor is a stepping stone to the governor’s office, although it hasn’t been so in decades.

Locally, there is a plethora of candidates, with multiple people lining up for the probate judge’s and county treasurer’s races. In both cases, longtime incumbents are stepping down, and there’s no shortage of people who would like to take their places. And there are interesting races on other levels, too. With about a month left, there’s adequate time for Kershaw County voters to familiarize themselves with the candidates, focus on the issues and decide for whom they wish to cast ballots.

Newspapers often write editorials revolving around the “voting is the cornerstone of democracy” philosophy, and it’s not just idle chatter. Indeed, casting a ballot is not only a choice but a responsibility. There’s lots of interest in these June primaries, and we urge all residents to research those running, form a conclusion and head to the polls on election day.

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