It's official: State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, of Camden, is launching his second campaign in three years to become South Carolina's next governor. Sheheen, a Democrat, ran in 2010 against current Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, losing by only four percentage points. The official announcement came Wednesday, the day before "City of Camden Day at the South Carolina State House," during which he received the key of the city from Mayor Tony Scully. In return, Sheheen read a joint proclamation marking "City of Camden Day" in the Senate chamber as did State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk in the House chamber.
Improving South Carolina's infrastructure was the main topic at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Legislative Forum held April 4 at the Fine Art Center (FAC) of Kershaw County.
A new book written by State Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden goes on sale today. "The Right Way: Getting the Palmetto State Back on Track" is, according to the back cover, "about South Carolina -- a South Carolina we know can exist if we join together in a common vision with leaders who actually care about our state."
(Editor's Note: C-I staff reporter Denise Schnese (above, right) recently traveled to Washington, D.C., on personal business. Ahead of the trip, Schnese arranged to meet with U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who represents South Carolina's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The interview has been edited for publication.)
Before his election to the S.C. Senate last November, Thomas McElveen was used to a fairly commonplace routine.
Remond Cooper and Ed Stokes may not be creatures of politics, but they're currently helping to provide South Carolina seniors with an added voice in state government.
Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen has been nominated to be part of the Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership Program at the Aspen Institute. Sheheen senator will join 24 other elected officials from around the country who have been recognized as "America's emerging political leaders with reputations for intellect, thoughtfulness, and a commitment to civil dialogue." Fellows include mayors, state representatives and senators and state-wide elected officials.
Members of Kershaw County's legislative delegation offered similar snapshots of the need for more accountability at the state level during a luncheon Friday hosted by the ALPHA Center.
Kershaw County State Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D) has yet to announce his intention to run against Republican Gov. Nikki Haley again in 2014. Whether he does or not, Sheheen wants to see more governing actually vested in the governor's office by changing certain state offices from elected to appointed ones.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this month to revisit the Voting Rights Act of 1965 could have major implications for elections in South Carolina, including Kershaw County.
The oath of office to Camden Mayor-elect Tony Scully, Councilwoman-elect Laurie Parks and reelected Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford will be held at Camden City Hall in council chambers at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26. Their terms of office will begin on Dec. 1.
Ballot variations initiated a recount in the Kershaw County Council District 1 race Wednesday, allowing Willie Mickle's win to be confirmed, but by a smaller margin, while also drawing concern and frustration from incumbent Councilman Bobby Gary.
The final total won't be known until after January 10, but S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC) filings by local candidates this year show that Camden Mayor-elect Tony Scully had already outspent incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Graham by a 2-to-1 margin by Oct. 22 when candidates had to file pre-election campaign disclosures. With 15 days to go in the campaign at that point, Scully had received approximately $30,000 in contributions and spent just about $22,800 -- only $700 less than Graham had received in contributions by that time. By Oct. 22, Graham had received nearly $23,500 in contributions and ...
An error on the state level delayed Kershaw County election returns until early Wednesday morning.
A first time candidate for political office, Tony Scully can be sworn in as Camden's new mayor as early as Dec. 1 after beating incumbent Jeffrey Graham in the general election.
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.
Robert M. "Bob" Williams recently announced he is running for one of two open seats on Camden City Council in the upcoming election Nov. 4.
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