The race for the Kershaw County Council seat for District 4 looked like incumbent Councilman Jimmy Jones would win by default, as no one filed to run against him. That changed this week when Bill Haynes of Lugoff announced he has launched a campaign as a write-in candidate for the council seat in the Nov. 4 election.
Candidates running for two seats on Kershaw County Council fielded questions Thursday in the second of three "educated voter forums" presented by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and the Kershaw County Teacher Forum at Camden High School.
Two of three candidates for Camden City Council appeared to be in favor of the proposed "road diet" for Broad Street during Tuesday night's "educated voter forum" at Camden High School. A third candidate who said they were not, generally, in favor the project, expressed hope that it be undertaken with as little disruption to local business owners as possible.
With the Nov. 4 election barely a month away, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of three Educated Voter Forums this month, with different forums focusing on particular political races in Kershaw County.
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.
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.