Kershaw County Council District 5 will have a new representative no matter who wins this November's election. That's because Councilman Stephen Smoak, 39, who has also served as council's vice chairman, is not running for reelection.
For the first time in a generation, Bethune will have a new mayor. In Tuesday's election, Bethune residents chose Charles McCoy as its new mayor. McCoy will take office Jan. 1, replacing Carlisle Davis who has been mayor for 24 years.
Two additional candidates, Stacia Grooms and Christopher Renfroe, have registered to run for Elgin Town Council in a June 18 special election. Both Renfroe and Grooms are in their early 20s and are recent graduates of Lugoff-Elgin High School.
It's official: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, is launching his second campaign in three years to become South Carolina's next governor. Sheheen, a Democrat, ran in 2010 against current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, losing by only four percentage points. The official announcement came Wednesday, the day before "City of Camden Day at the South Carolina State House," during which he received the key of the city from Mayor Tony Scully. In return, Sheheen read a joint proclamation marking "City of Camden Day" in the Senate chamber as did State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk in the House chamber.
A new book written by State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden goes on sale today. "The Right Way: Getting the Palmetto State Back on Track" is, according to the back cover, "about South Carolina -- a South Carolina we know can exist if we join together in a common vision with leaders who actually care about our state."
(Editor's Note: C-I staff reporter Denise Schnese (above, right) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., on personal business. Ahead of the trip, Schnese arranged to meet with U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who represents South Carolina's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The interview has been edited for publication.)
Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen has been nominated to be part of the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program at the Aspen Institute. Sheheen senator will join 24 other elected officials from around the country who have been recognized as "America's emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue." Fellows include mayors, state representatives and senators and state-wide elected officials.
Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) has yet to announce his intention to run against Republican Gov. Nikki Haley again in 2014. Whether he does or not, Sheheen wants to see more governing actually vested in the governor's office by changing certain state offices from elected to appointed ones.