Although many Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidates saw a decline in voter turnout during Tuesday's primary, elected candidates and run-off candidates are preparing for the Kershaw County School District's upcoming fiscal year.
Kershaw County voters went to the polls in light numbers Tuesday, according to Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson.
Johnny Deal, a household name in Camden, has thrown his hat in the ring for Camden City Council. Born and raised in Camden, he grew up on Lake Wateree and helped manage the family business, Deal's Marina. He graduated with honors from Camden High School in 1979. Upon receipt of a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Winthrop College in 1984, he returned to Camden to become a productive citizen. He and his wife, Annah, made their home here and they raised their two daughters in Camden.
Local S.C. State House Rep. Laurie Funderburk is one of six state legislators tasked with hearing testimony in an ethics case against Gov. Nikki Haley.
Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.
Jenny Koumas has announced her plans to seek election to Seat 1 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.
Phillip Thompson has announced his plans to seek election to Seat 5 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees.
Sumter attorney Wade Kolb is seeking election to the S.C. Senate as a Republican candidate for District 35. Kolb will be looking to replace Democrat Phil Leventis, who is retiring after serving in the Senate for the past 32 years. District 35 is anchored in Sumter County and encompasses parts of Lugoff and Elgin as well as precincts in Lee and Richland counties.
"Are you crazy? Why are you running? Why do you want to get involved in politics now?" are the questions Kershaw County School Board Seat 9 candidate Celia Boland said she has been asked.
The Kershaw County Election Commission on Monday overturned its decision last week barring some candidates from the ballots.
Local election officials determined Thursday that the recent S.C. Supreme Court ruling on candidates does not apply to candidates for the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees because their election is non-partisan.
A story Wednesday titled "Court ruling could leave candidates off ballots" should have indicated House District 52 candidate Kim Demer was ruled ineligible to be on the ballot. Kershaw County Republican Party Chairman Chris Oviatt said Demer did not file her statement of economic interest by the deadline set by the Election Commission. House District 52 candidate David Herndon has been ruled eligible to remain on the ballot.
Several candidates in Kershaw County may be left off the June 12 primary ballot after failing to file their candidacy and economic interest statements on time. The S.C. Supreme Court recently ruled that about 180 candidates across the state are ineligible for the primary election.
Mayor Jeffrey R. Graham, first elected to the city's top leadership post in 2008, has announced his intent to seek a second term as Camden's mayor.
The deadline to register to vote in June's party primaries is May 12, according to officials with the S.C. Election Commission.