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Burns wins Republican nomination for KCC chair

Posted: June 26, 2014 4:36 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2014 5:00 a.m.
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Burns and his wife, Ruth Ann, enjoy their front porch.

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Retired U.S. Army General Julian Burns will represent the Republican party for Kershaw County Council Chairman in the November 4 general election after winning a runoff Tuesday against Ben Connell. Burns, Connell and Gene Hartis ran on the Republican ballot in the June 10 primary. Burns received the most votes, but less than 50 percent, so a runoff was required with Hartis, who received the second highest number of votes. Hartis, however, decided to withdraw from the race, which allowed Connell to face Burns in the runoff.

Figures from the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office show Burns received 3,114  votes (68 percent) while Connell received 1,466 votes (32 percent).

“I’m just delighted with the support and I thank all my supporters and people who contributed to my campaign. It was very gratifying to be treated so very well by the citizens of the county,” Burns said. “I was delighted with the outcome. This is a really great county to get out and see the people. I’ve enjoyed making new acquaintances and renewing old ones in this county. It’s a great place to live, to work and to raise your family. Every day I see new and exciting reasons to be glad Kershaw County is my home.”

Burns will face Democratic candidate Bobby Gary in November. Gary was unopposed in the primary.



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