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.
Local business owner Heather Ives-Dykes has announced her candidacy to be Kershaw County's next Treasurer.
The public is invited to attend a forum for the candidates running for the office of State Superintendent of Education on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Camden High School auditorium.
Former Camden City Councilman Ned Towell has announced his candidacy to be Kershaw County's next probate judge.
Camden City Councilman X. Willard Polk will not run for reelection this November. Polk made the announcement at the end of Tuesday's Camden City Council work session.
Former Kershaw County Magistrate Gene Hartis, a candidate for Kershaw County Council Chair, has settled a lawsuit against the county for considerably less than asked for. Hartis originally asked for $4 million plus legal fees in his original suit aimed at Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. A court document obtained by the Chronicle-Independent through the S.C. Freedom of Information Act says Hartis accepted a settlement of just $20,000 on Jan. 16.
Twenty-six political hopefuls have filed to run for public office in Kershaw County. The filing period ended Sunday.
Dr. Charles King, a former Kershaw County Board of School Trustees member representing Seat 8, will attempt to recapture his previous position in the upcoming election. King, an east Camden resident, previously held the seat from 2007-2010.
Another candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the race for Kershaw County Council Chairman. Kershaw County native Ben Connell made the announcement earlier this week.
Julian Burns, a Kershaw County native, filed for election Monday for the June 10 Republican Primary for chairman of Kershaw County Council.
The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Legislative Forum and Breakfast at the Robert Mills Courthouse on Friday morning. Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said the event allows representatives from the local, state and federal governments to share concerns with chamber members.
Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews filed for re-election earlier this week and unveiled a four-minute announcement video detailing his vision for a safer Kershaw County.