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Tuesday is primary day for Kershaw County

Includes voting for school board Seat 5

Posted: June 9, 2016 4:30 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County voters will return to the polls for this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries Tuesday. While every polling place will be open, the majority of precincts will only be open to those wishing to vote in the Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives S.C. District 5. In addition, some voters will be eligible to cast ballots for Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seat No. 5. Some residents will also be eligible to vote for one of two Republican candidates for Kershaw County Council District No. 3.

In addition, residents in certain parts of the county will cast votes in Democratic primaries for S.C. House districts 50 and 80.

On the local level, residents represented by school board Seat No. 5 will choose between incumbent Trustee Louis Clyburn or challenger James P. Smith, both of Camden. Although there are no other candidates for this seat, Tuesday’s election is being treated as a primary with the winner being placed on the November general election ballot.

Incumbent trustees Derrick Proctor (Seat 3), Matt Irick (Seat 7) and Chairman Ron Blackmon (Seat 9) are all running unopposed and will also appear on November’s ballot. In addition, Todd McDonald will run unopposed in November for Seat 1, currently held by Trustee Mara Jones who did not file for reelection. School board seats are non-partisan.

Precincts which will be open Tuesday for the school board Seat 5 race are:

• Hobkirk’s Hill -- Camden Elementary School, 1304 Lyttleton St., Camden

• Camden No. 5 -- National Steeplechase Museum, 200 Knights Hill Road, Camden

• Liberty Hill -- Beaver Creek Fire Department, 3381 John G. Richards Road, Liberty Hill

• Lugoff No. 1 -- Lugoff Elementary School, 994 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff

• Rabon’s Crossroads -- Pine Grove Fire Department, 833 Pine Grove Road, Lugoff

• Riverdale -- American Legion Post 17, 1333 Chestnut Ferry Road Ext., Camden

• Salt Pond -- Smyrna Methodist Church, 16 Smyrna Road, Elgin

• Shaylor’s Hill -- Baron DeKalb Elementary School, 2684 Baron DeKalb Road, Camden

• Springdale -- New Hope Baptist Church, 9104 Liberty Hill Road, Camden

• Absentee/Barrier Free -- Voter Registration Office, 609 Lafayette Ave., Camden

County Voter Registration Director John Caughman said not every voter whose residency places them at these polling places will be eligible to vote for Clyburn or Smith. In many cases, he said, residents who vote at these polls do not necessarily live in school board District 5.

Caughman said the same goes for those polling places where residents who live in Kershaw County Council District No. 3. Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons and attorney Ben Connell are both Republicans vying for the seat being vacated by Councilman C.R. Miles. As there are no Democratic candidates, the election for District 3 will essentially be decided Tuesday.

Again, only those voters wishing to vote in the Republican primary and who live in District 3 will be eligible to vote in this election at their polling places, which include Doby’s Mill Elementary School (Doby’s Mill); and all six Elgin precincts: Blaney Baptist Church, Blaney Elementary School, Elgin Town Hall, Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Harmony Baptist Church and Blaney Fire Department.

A Democratic primary is being held Tuesday to decide who among six candidates will replace S.C. State Rep. Grady Brown of S.C. House District 50. Brown, the longest service state representative in South Carolina, decided not to run for reelection. There are no Republican candidates, so whoever wins the Democratic primary will win the seat. The candidates include Brian Alston and Crystal Cunningham, both of Rembert; and Tom Drayton, Keith Johnson, Demoine Kinney and Will Wheeler, all of Bishopville.

S.C. House District 50 includes portions of Kershaw County in the Antioch, Bethune and Cassatt areas. Voters living in District 50 can vote in the Democratic primary at the Antioch Fire Station (Antioch), Bethune Community Center (Bethune) and Midway Elementary School (Cassatt).

There are also no Republican candidates for S.C. House District 80, which includes certain portions of the southwestern area of Kershaw County. Incumbent State Rep. Jimmy Bales is facing challengers Brian Burke of Columbia and Lawrence Moore of Hopkins.

Polling places which will host the Democratic primary for District 80 are the same polling places as for Kershaw County Council District 3, including Doby’s Mill Elementary School (Doby’s Mill); and all the Elgin precincts: Blaney Baptist Church, Blaney Elementary School, Elgin Town Hall, Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Harmony Baptist Church and Blaney Fire Department. Again, only those residents who actually live in District 80 may vote in this primary.

Finally, all polling places in Kershaw County will be open for the Republican primary for U.S. House of Representatives District 5. Incumbent Congressman Mick Mulvaney faces a challenge by fellow Republican Ray Craig. Whoever wins Tuesday’s primary will go on in November to face Democratic challenger Fran Person, a former aide for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Also on the ballot in November will be American Party candidates Rudy Barnes Jr. and Larry Gaither.

Residents in Camden No. 2 are being advised their new, permanent polling location is the Continuous Learning Center (the Old Jackson School) at the corner of West DeKalb and Campbell streets in Camden.

Caughman said voters should check their voter registration cards carefully to know for what races they are eligible to vote, and should not hesitate to ask poll workers for assistance. Anyone with questions should contact Caughman at (803) 424-4016.

All polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.



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