Retired U.S. Army General Julian Burns will represent the Republican party for Kershaw County Council Chairman in the November 4 general election after winning a runoff Tuesday against Ben Connell. Burns, Connell and Gene Hartis ran on the Republican ballot in the June 10 primary. Burns received the most votes, but less than 50 percent, so a runoff was required with Hartis, who received the second highest number of votes. Hartis, however, decided to withdraw from the race, which allowed Connell to face Burns in the runoff.
Voters headed back to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide one Kershaw County race and others statewide. Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson said at 12:30 p.m. voter turnout had been steady, but light. She said light turnout is common for runoff elections.
Tuesday's primaries also served as election day for two seats on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. Voters elected Mark Sury to Seat No. 2 over incumbent Nissary Wood, 863 votes to 428. They also voted to return Dr. Charles King to Seat No. 8, which he vacated four years ago, instead of incumbent Dr. Don Copley, 779 to 426.
Even though Gene Hartis came in second, Julian Burns will face third-place finisher Ben Connell for a runoff on June 24 for the Republican nomination for Kershaw County Council chairman.
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.
Jeffrey R. Graham, Deborah H. Davis and Bob Williams are the three names city of Camden voters will see on November ballots as they try to fill two open seats on Camden City Council.
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