Former Bishopville mayor Tom Drayton recently announced his candidacy for S.C. House District 50, the seat currently held by S.C. Rep. Grady Brown. Brown recently announced he is not seeking reelection. District 50 includes portions of Kershaw County, including Bethune and the Antioch community.
Unofficial results from Saturday's Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, show Kershaw County Democrats overwhelmingly chose former New York U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of the 4,889 Democratic votes cast Saturday, Clinton received 3,743 (77.13 percent); Sanders received 1,086 (22.38 percent); with former Dr. Willie Wilson and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley trailing far behind with 13 and 11 votes, respectively, to earn .27 and .23 percent of the vote each.
Those who choose to vote in the state's Democratic Party Presidential Preference Primary will do so Saturday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same locations as the Republican primary a week ago.
More than 25 percent of Kershaw County's 41,996 voters turned out for the Republican primary Saturday, casting 10,751 ballots for their choice of Republican presidential nominee. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director John Caughman said the 25.6 percent turnout was better than the statewide average of 24.7 percent.
Voters in South Carolina wishing to vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary will go to the polls Saturday to choose who they would like to see as the party's nominee for president this November.
Republican Al Bozard will face Democrat Bobby Gary for the Kershaw County Council District 1 special election slated for March 29. The two men won their respective primaries Tuesday. Former Councilman Willie Mickle vacated the District 1 seat at the end of November 2015 citing personal insurance issues involving Medicare versus state-issued insurance as an elected official.
The Kershaw County Democratic and Republican parties will hold their primaries today for a special election to fill the District 1 seat on Kershaw County Council. Willie Mickle resigned from the seat in late November citing personal insurance needs versus state insurance programs.
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.