Republicans will have to return to the polls on June 24 to determine the election for lieutenant governor and the party's nominee for state superintendent of education. Democrats will also hold a runoff to determine that party's nomination for state superintendent of education.
"The citizens have spoken and they've spoken quite loudly."
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, election officials reported that voter turnout for primary voting had already surpassed the 2012 primary. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said there was a light turnout overall, but that some precincts had reported more than expected voters.
(This story is now updated with results for school board seat Nos. 2 and 8.)
Seven Republican primary candidates answered questions and presented their views during a June 3 forum at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum sponsored the event. The candidates are competing in Tuesday's primary for county sheriff , council chairman and treasurer.
An incumbent member of the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees and his immediate predecessor answered questions Thursday night during a forum at Camden High School. Dr. Don Copley, who currently holds Seat No. 8 on the school board and his challenger, Dr. Charles King, who is seeking to reclaim the seat, appeared at the forum sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum.
Q: (For Debbie Branham) Why do you think it is important that someone with a legal background, as you have, needs to be probate judge?
Q: Why should voters who didn't vote for you four years ago vote for you this time?
(Note: Candidates for school board answered these questions prior to Tuesday's Kershaw County Board of School Trustees vote to approve a proposal to close Baron DeKalb, Bethune and Mt. Pisgah elementary schools and consolidate them into a North Central area elementary school.)
As a service to our readers, the Chronicle-Independent reached out to candidates for local offices on Tuesday's ballot who are facing each other for either their party's nomination or whose elections will be decided on Tuesday. Candidates who are running unopposed for either the office or their party's nomination were not contacted. In all, the C-I sent questions to 15 candidates running in seven local races: Kershaw County Council Chairman, Kershaw County Council Seat No. 6, Kershaw County Sheriff, Kershaw County Probate Judge, Kershaw County Treasurer and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seats Nos. 2 and ...
Q: What do you feel is the most important function of the Treasurer's Office.
Kershaw County Council Chairman
The town of Bethune welcomed a new councilman to the local government Thursday night, but he's a familiar face. John Heflin served on council previously for eight years and was sworn in by Judge Cody Mitchell at a special council meeting Thursday. Heflin fills the council vacancy left by former Councilwoman Beverly Farmer's resignation in March.
Camden City Councilman Walter Long will not seek a third term this November.
A debate forum at Camden High School (CHS) on Thursday night that was supposed to include all 13 candidates for S.C. State Superintendent of Education turned into an almost Republican-only debate. By the time the forum, planned by the Kershaw County Teacher Forum and Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, began, only Republican candidates Gary Burgess, Charmeka Childs, Don Jordan, Elizabeth Moffly and Molly Spearman, along with American Party candidate Ed Murray, were on stage.
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.
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