Former Kershaw County Magistrate Gene Hartis, a candidate for Kershaw County Council Chair, has settled a lawsuit against the county for considerably less than asked for. Hartis originally asked for $4 million plus legal fees in his original suit aimed at Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. A court document obtained by the Chronicle-Independent through the S.C. Freedom of Information Act says Hartis accepted a settlement of just $20,000 on Jan. 16.
Twenty-six political hopefuls have filed to run for public office in Kershaw County. The filing period ended Sunday.
Dr. Charles King, a former Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member representing Seat 8, will attempt to recapture his previous position in the upcoming election. King, an east Camden resident, previously held the seat from 2007-2010.
Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for Kershaw County Council Chairman. Kershaw County native Ben Connell made the announcement earlier this week.
Julian Burns, a Kershaw County native, filed for election Monday for the June 10 Republican Primary for chairman of Kershaw County Council.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Forum and Breakfast at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday morning. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said the event allows representatives from the local, state and federal governments to share concerns with chamber members.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews filed for re-election earlier this week and unveiled a four-minute announcement video detailing his vision for a safer Kershaw County.
The filing period for those people wishing to run for countywide elected offices opened Monday and will run through Sunday, March 30. Kershaw County Director of Registration and Elections Rosalind Watson said her office will be open normal hours through March 28 and will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 and 30.
Kershaw County District 6 Councilman Tom Gardner is announcing his bid for a second term.
Camden native Dr. Don Jordan, a full professor in the University of South Carolina's (USC) College of Arts and Sciences since 1992, recently announced his candidacy for S.C. Superintendent of Education. Jordan will run as a Republican.
Cassatt businessman Howard "Buck" Buckholz has announced his candidacy for the District 6 seat on the Kershaw County Council, currently held by Tom Gardner.
Jill B. Catoe, Kershaw County Deputy Treasurer, is announcing her candidacy for treasurer.
Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise announced his decision Wednesday not to seek reelection as council chairman. Wise cited personal reasons for his decision and said a major factor is his plan to also retire from his position as director of the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff. He has been with Target more than 45 years.
Kershaw County Treasurer Steve Vincent is announcing that he will not seek reelection to the post he has held for 17 years.
A second candidate has announced his intention to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak announced earlier this month he is not seeking reelection after serving two, four-year terms. East Camden businessman Jimmie "Jimbo" Crissman, 37, was born and raised in the Fifth District. He has owned Camden Gold & Silver more than four years and said that experience would be helpful on council.