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Connell wins KCC District 3 seat; Smith takes school board Seat 5

Ben Connell will become a Kershaw County Councilman, representing District 3, replacing C.R. Miles who chose not to run for reelection. According to unofficial totals provided by the County Voter Registration Director John Caughman, Connell defeated Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons in the Republican primary, 232 to 166, taking 58 percent of the vote. Votes are being certified today.

June 17, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Moncure announces Camden City Council run

John Moncure, headmaster of the Montessori School of Camden (MSC), recently announced his candidacy for a seat on Camden City Council in November's general election.

June 17, 2016 | | Politics


It’s Primary Day

Kershaw County residents are voting today as the Republican and Democratic parties offer nominees to be their candidates for this November's general election.

June 14, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Smoak to run for city council

Former Kershaw County Councilman Stephen Smoak is hitting the campaign trail again, this time as a candidate for Camden City Council.

June 14, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Politics


Tuesday is primary day for Kershaw County

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.

June 10, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Clyburn running for reelection to school board Seat No. 5

Louis Clyburn has announced his plans to seek reelection to Seat No. 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.

June 07, 2016 | | Politics


District 50 candidates will debate June 2 in Lee County

The Lee County Observer -- a Camden Media Co. newspaper -- and Bishopville radio station WAGS and the Lee County Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to sponsor a debate for the six candidates running for the S.C. House of Representatives District 50 seat. District 50 is comprised of all of Lee County, and parts of Kershaw and Sumter counties.

May 27, 2016 | | Politics


Burke running for S.C. House District 80 seat

Brian Burke is a new face on the campaign trail this election year. The 27-year-old, who lives in lower Richland County's Mountainbrook subdivision, is trying to become the next representative for S.C. House District 80, which includes Elgin precincts numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5 and the Doby's Mill precinct.

May 10, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Connell enters KCC District 3 race

Attorney Ben Connell has officially announced his decision to run for the Kershaw County Council District 3 seat. Current District 3 Councilman C.R. Miles Jr. recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

April 19, 2016 | | Politics


Craig running against Mulvaney for U.S. District 5 congressional seat

Ray Craig, of Lake Wylie, recently filed with the S.C. State Election Commission (SCEC) to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney for the state's 5th Congressional District, which includes Kershaw County. Accompanied by two of his three children and his former roommate from Clemson, Craig, a Republican, filed with the SCEC just before noon March 30.

April 08, 2016 | | Politics


Bobby Gary wins District 1 special election

Democrat Bobby Gary has won the special election for Kershaw County Council District 1.

April 01, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Politics


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks announces bid for mayor

Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks has announced she is running for mayor of the city of Camden.

April 01, 2016 | | Politics


Political races set for local offices

Filing for this year's primaries and general election closed Wednesday at noon, setting up the races for most of the political field. The one exception is Camden City Council, for which candidate filing does not officially open until July 1. So far, current councilwomen Alfred Mae Drakeford and Laurie Parks have announced they are running for the mayor's seat being vacated by Tony Scully. Drakeford and Parks are, effectively, giving up their seats on council to run for mayor. No one has yet announced their intention to run for the two city council seats.

April 01, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Elgin Mayor Emmons announces candidacy for KC Council seat

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons has announced her candidacy for Kershaw County Council's District 3 seat.

April 01, 2016 | | Politics


Hartis announces for KCC District 2

Former Kershaw County Chief Magistrate Judge Gene Hartis has formally filed and announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on Kershaw County Council.

March 29, 2016 | | Politics


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