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About today’s C-I primary candidates Q&A

Posted: June 5, 2014 5:48 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 5:00 a.m.

As a service to our readers, the Chronicle-Independent reached out to candidates for local offices on Tuesday’s ballot who are facing each other for either their party’s nomination or whose elections will be decided on Tuesday. Candidates who are running unopposed for either the office or their party’s nomination were not contacted. In all, the C-I sent questions to 15 candidates running in seven local races: Kershaw County Council Chairman, Kershaw County Council Seat No. 6, Kershaw County Sheriff, Kershaw County Probate Judge, Kershaw County Treasurer and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seats Nos. 2 and 8.

The C-I also attended this week’s forums featuring candidates for county council chair, sheriff and treasurer and school board Seat No. 8. Coverage of those debates will be published in Monday’s edition. The C-I will not cover a similar debate for school board Seat No. 2 scheduled for Monday since that information would be published after Tuesday’s primary.

Candidate’s answers under each question are provided in alphabetical order only and are have been copied directly from email replies. Answers have only been edited for grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Party declaration

Voters need to be aware that they will have to declare in which party’s primary they wish to cast ballots. Although no local Democratic candidates will be on Tuesday’s ballot -- they will face Republican nominees in November -- there are several federal and state races with multiple nominees for both parties. While anyone can vote in either primary, voters must decide which primary in which they wish to vote.

For example, there may be residents who wish to vote for Democratic nominees for State Superintendent for Education but also wish to vote for Kershaw County Sheriff. Due to the fact that the only candidates for sheriff are Republican, those voters would have to declare that they are voting in the Republican primary and would not be allowed to vote for any Democratic candidates in any race.

Advisory questions

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are asking what are known as “advisory questions” on Tuesday’s ballots. They are not legally binding but only serve as a way for each party to gauge interest in pursuing those issues. Voters may mark either “Yes” or “No” as their answers.

Democrats are asking three questions:

1. Do you believe that each state -- not Congress -- should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?

2. The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?

3. Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?

Republicans are asking two questions:

1. Should Article I, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language? The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States should not be abridged so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.

2. Should South Carolina law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent?

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