The filing period for those people wishing to run for countywide elected offices opened Monday and will run through Sunday, March 30. Kershaw County Director of Registration and Elections Rosalind Watson said her office will be open normal hours through March 28 and will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon March 29 and 30.
Camden native Dr. Don Jordan, a full professor in the University of South Carolina's (USC) College of Arts and Sciences since 1992, recently announced his candidacy for S.C. Superintendent of Education. Jordan will run as a Republican.
Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise announced his decision Wednesday not to seek reelection as council chairman. Wise cited personal reasons for his decision and said a major factor is his plan to also retire from his position as director of the Target Distribution Center in Lugoff. He has been with Target more than 45 years.
A second candidate has announced his intention to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak announced earlier this month he is not seeking reelection after serving two, four-year terms. East Camden businessman Jimmie "Jimbo" Crissman, 37, was born and raised in the Fifth District. He has owned Camden Gold & Silver more than four years and said that experience would be helpful on council.
David Paul Reuwer, a local attorney, historian and tour guide, is announcing his candidacy for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Reuwer said probate judges must be skilled in the laws and administration of wills, estates, trusts, conservatorship and marriage.
A Camden woman with 20 years experience in the legal field has announced her intention to run for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Current Judge Harriett Pierce recently announced she would not seek reelection after serving 38 years.
Sheri Few, a Kershaw County education activist and leading Common Core opponent, announced her candidacy for state superintendent of education Friday, calling the race a "national referendum on Common Core." Few provided the Chronicle-Independent with a press release and a copy of a speech she gave Friday.
Camden insurance agent Dennis G. Arledge plans to run for the District 5 seat on Kershaw County Council. Councilman Stephen Smoak, who currently holds Seat No. 5, recently announced he will not seek reelection after serving two four-year terms. Arledge has owned and operated his Allstate agency for 18 years.
David West said he has such respect for the men he worked for as a Kershaw County deputy coroner, that he waited until the current coroner decided not to run for reelection before officially putting his hat in the ring. West, who once served as deputy coroner for close to 15 years under former Coroner Tommy Horton and current Coroner Johnny Fellers, said he has wanted to be coroner for years.
Local government leaders and state legislators took the opportunity to meet with constituents Wednesday at The ALPHA Center's 10th annual legislative briefing. ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper welcomed the crowd and said the informal event was designed for people to have face-to-face discussions with their representatives in Columbia.