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.
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.
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.
(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.)