Up to 75 elected officials and others representing various agencies crowded into The ALPHA Center's meeting room in Camden on Jan. 6 for the center's annual legislative luncheon. The luncheon featured comments from nearly all members of Kershaw County's state legislative delegation, including state senators Vincent Sheheen and Thomas McElveen and state representatives Laurie Slade Funderburk, Grady Brown and Jimmy Bales. State Rep. and Speaker of the House Jay Lucas and State Sen. Joel Lourie were unable to attend.
There could be a primary for District 1 with another Republican announcing their intention to run for the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council recently vacated by Willie Mickle. Lake Wateree resident George Harkins announced his candidacy Thursday, setting up the possible Feb. 9 primary against Al Bozard, who announced his candidacy a week ago.
Bethune Town Council members John Heflin and Cynthia Hunter will keep their seats on council for another four years. Heflin received 71 votes, with Hunter receiving 49 votes to edge out challenger candidate Jimmy Steen, who received 47 votes, according to the Kershaw County Office of Voter Registration. Two write-in candidates, Kodi Weaver and Corbin A. Wood, each received one vote.
Four members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation gathered with interested local government officials and residents Friday during the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Breakfast at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden.
The S.C. House of Representatives elected Camden municipal judge and long-time attorney Bill Funderburk to serve as an administrative law judge in Columbia. Funderburk defeated 16-year incumbent Judge Carolyn Matthews, 87-50.
Elgin Councilwoman Candace "Candy" Silvers is running for reelection in Elgin's Feb. 3 election for town council. Voters put Silvers on council during a special election in 2013 to replace former Councilman Norman Allen "Bubba" Ernst after his resignation. Silvers previously served on Elgin's planning and zoning commission. She said she would like the opportunity to continue to help her community through public service.
Elgin Mayor Brad Hanley, who recently announced he would not run for reelection as mayor, is now announcing he will run for a "regular" seat on Elgin Town Council in an election slated for Feb. 3. Hanley's current term ends in February. Hanley said he decided not to run for reelection for mayor due to increased responsibilities at his job.
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.