Kershaw County officially has its new probate judge with the swearing in Tuesday of Debbie Branham, who won the position in the November 2014 general election. Kershaw County Magistrate Roderick "Rick" Todd administered the oath of office at the Kershaw County Courthouse as Branham's husband, Donald, held the Bible and her son, daughter and son-in-law stood nearby.
Precinct-by-precinct election results provided to and published by the Chronicle-Independent on Nov. 7 included "0" votes from the Hobkirk's Hill precinct. Below, are the correct votes for each office published in our Nov. 7 edition, as provided by the Kershaw County Voter Registration Office.
Jeffrey Graham, the former mayor of Camden who lost a reelection bid two years ago, will rejoin Camden City Council in December, this time as a councilman. Deborah Davis, currently chair of the Camden Parks and Trees Commission, will take a seat on council for the first time.
To the dismay of some Kershaw County residents and the pleasure of others, voters rejected the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) referenda that would have launched $130 million in facilities projects and levied a 1-cent sales tax to pay back bonds that would have been issued to fund those projects.
Kershaw County Voter Registration Director John Caughman reported moderate voter turnout for Tuesday's general election, as of early afternoon. Caughman said 2,983 absentee ballots had been cast by 5 p.m. Monday, but a few more were expected to arrive by mail or hand delivered Tuesday.
(Due to the Chronicle-Independent's error, the party affiliations for Kershaw County Probate Judge candidates Debbie Branham and David Reuwer were reversed in the print and original online versions of this story. The online story has been edited to correctly show that Branham is a Republican and Reuwer a Democrat. Furthermore, this story has been updated with new information noting that Reuwer has previously run for office in Sumter County. The C-I apologizes for and regrets the error.)
A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.
Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to vote for their choice of candidates for a variety of offices ranging from governor to Camden City Council seats. Voters are also being given a chance to determine whether or not the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) should move ahead with a series of $130 million 20-year bond-funded facility projects and levy a 1-cent sales tax for 15 years to repay those bonds. In addition, voters will decide whether or not to lift a county-wide ban on Sunday alcohol sales.
The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.
Bill Haynes is not eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Kershaw County Council District 5 seat currently held by Councilman Jimmy Jones. Jones was unopposed until Haynes started asking for write-in votes.