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Charles McCoy is elected new Bethune mayor

For the first time in a generation, Bethune will have a new mayor. In Tuesday's election, Bethune residents chose Charles McCoy as its new mayor. McCoy will take office Jan. 1, replacing Carlisle Davis who has been mayor for 24 years.

November 08, 2013 | Haley Atkinson | Politics


AG Wilson speaks to Kiwanis Club

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson talked about human trafficking during the Camden Kiwanis Club's September meeting Tuesday.

September 06, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Politics


Two more candidates vie for Elgin seat

Two additional candidates, Stacia Grooms and Christopher Renfroe, have registered to run for Elgin Town Council in a June 18 special election. Both Renfroe and Grooms are in their early 20s and are recent graduates of Lugoff-Elgin High School.

May 22, 2013 | Tenell Felder | Politics


‘People really want change’

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.

April 17, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Legislative forum calls for improved infrastructure

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.

April 10, 2013 | Fraser Speaks | Politics


Sheheen book seeks ‘The Right Way’ for state

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."

March 11, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


5 Questions with...

(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.)

February 22, 2013 | Denise Schnese | Politics


A student in the senate

Before his election to the S.C. Senate last November, Thomas McElveen was used to a fairly commonplace routine.

February 08, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


‘Silver haired’ reps look to improve senior services in South Carolina

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.

January 28, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Sheheen Named Rodel Fellow by Aspen Institute

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.

January 23, 2013 | | Politics


Local lawmakers eye accountability after breach

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.

January 09, 2013 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


State Senator Sheheen: ‘Dismantle the government’

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.

January 07, 2013 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Voting Rights Act review could affect elections here

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.

November 21, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Scully, Parks, Drakeford swearing in Nov. 26

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.

November 19, 2012 | | Politics


Recount shrinks Mickle’s win

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.

November 16, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


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Election 2014: Three vie for two Camden City Council seats

A former mayor and two political newcomers are vying for two seats on Camden City Council during Tuesday's general election. Deborah Davis, Jeffrey Graham and Bob Davis are the three names city of Camden voters will see on the ballot. They seek to fill seats being vacated by councilmen Walter Long and Willard Polk, who announced earlier this year that they are not seeking reelection.

October 31, 2014 | Martin L. Cahn | Politics


Election 2014: KCSD, Sunday sales referenda explained

Tuesday, voters will go to the polls to vote for their choice of candidates for a variety of offices ranging from governor to Camden City Council seats. Voters are also being given a chance to determine whether or not the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) should move ahead with a series of $130 million 20-year bond-funded facility projects and levy a 1-cent sales tax for 15 years to repay those bonds. In addition, voters will decide whether or not to lift a county-wide ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

October 29, 2014 | Simone T. Owens | Politics


KCC chair, probate judge candidates appear at forum

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Kershaw County Council chairman and Kershaw County probate judge appeared at the third and final "Educated Voter Forum" on Thursday evening at Lugoff-Elgin High School. The event, sponsored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Kershaw County Teacher Forum, saw the candidates answer both prepared questions and ones submitted by the audience.

October 27, 2014 | Gary Phillips | Politics


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