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Burke running for S.C. House District 80 seat

Brian Burke is a new face on the campaign trail this election year. The 27-year-old, who lives in lower Richland County's Mountainbrook subdivision, is trying to become the next representative for S.C. House District 80, which includes Elgin precincts numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5 and the Doby's Mill precinct.

May 10, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Connell enters KCC District 3 race

Attorney Ben Connell has officially announced his decision to run for the Kershaw County Council District 3 seat. Current District 3 Councilman C.R. Miles Jr. recently announced he is not seeking reelection.

April 19, 2016 | | Politics


Craig running against Mulvaney for U.S. District 5 congressional seat

Ray Craig, of Lake Wylie, recently filed with the S.C. State Election Commission (SCEC) to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney for the state's 5th Congressional District, which includes Kershaw County. Accompanied by two of his three children and his former roommate from Clemson, Craig, a Republican, filed with the SCEC just before noon March 30.

April 08, 2016 | | Politics


Bobby Gary wins District 1 special election

Democrat Bobby Gary has won the special election for Kershaw County Council District 1.

April 01, 2016 | Jim Tatum | Politics


Camden Councilwoman Laurie Parks announces bid for mayor

Camden City Councilwoman Laurie Parks has announced she is running for mayor of the city of Camden.

April 01, 2016 | | Politics


Political races set for local offices

Filing for this year's primaries and general election closed Wednesday at noon, setting up the races for most of the political field. The one exception is Camden City Council, for which candidate filing does not officially open until July 1. So far, current councilwomen Alfred Mae Drakeford and Laurie Parks have announced they are running for the mayor's seat being vacated by Tony Scully. Drakeford and Parks are, effectively, giving up their seats on council to run for mayor. No one has yet announced their intention to run for the two city council seats.

April 01, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Elgin Mayor Emmons announces candidacy for KC Council seat

Elgin Mayor Melissa Emmons has announced her candidacy for Kershaw County Council's District 3 seat.

April 01, 2016 | | Politics


Hartis announces for KCC District 2

Former Kershaw County Chief Magistrate Judge Gene Hartis has formally filed and announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on Kershaw County Council.

March 29, 2016 | | Politics


KCC District 1 special election is today

Today, voters in Kershaw County Council District 1 are choosing who they want to replace Willie Mickle, who resigned in November 2015 citing issues with state insurance benefits. Up for the seat are Republican Al Bozard and Democrat Bobby Gary, who won their respective primaries in February to face each other in today's special election. In the Feb. 9 primaries, Bozard defeated fellow Republican George Harkins while Gary -- who held the District 1 seat prior to Mickle -- defeated Democrat Art Graham.

March 29, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Alston seeking bid for District 50 House seat

Brian L. Alston, of Rembert, is seeking election to the S.C House of Representatives District 50 (Sumter, Lee, & Kershaw Counties) seat in the upcoming Democratic Primary.

March 15, 2016 | | Politics


Hasty officially filing for clerk of court office

After 27 years working in the Kershaw County Clerk of Court's Office, Janet Hasty says she's just "not ready" to retire. Hasty began working in the office under Tillie Goodson and then Joyce McDonald, who recently announced her decision not to seek reelection.

March 15, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Drayton announces for District 50 seat

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.

March 11, 2016 | | Politics


Drakeford to run for mayor

In an announcement sent to the C-I, Camden City Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford says she will be a candidate for mayor this year.

March 08, 2016 | | Politics


McDonald not seeking reelection as clerk of court

In a brief announcement on the steps of the Kershaw County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, Kershaw County Clerk of Court Joyce McDonald announced she will not run for reelection this November.

March 04, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Kershaw County Democrats pick Clinton amid low turnout

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.

March 01, 2016 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


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