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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


Campaign cash fuels Camden mayor’s race

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 ...

November 14, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Politics


Swindall’s name on master ballot delayed returns

An error on the state level delayed Kershaw County election returns until early Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Miciah Bennett C-I news staff | Politics


Scully edges Graham to win mayor’s race

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.

November 09, 2012 | By Michael Ulmer and Denise Schnese C-I news staff | Politics


Election 2012 - Winners and vote totals

The following is a list of winners and unofficial Kershaw County vote totals, from U.S. President to Camden City Council, as provided by the Kershaw County Election Commission around 2 a.m. today. The C-I will have complete precinct-by-precinct results and candidate's reactions Friday in print and online.

November 07, 2012 | | Politics


Absentee voting hits new record

Absentee voting statewide and in Kershaw County hit an all-time high this election cycle as more than 375,000 South Carolinians cast their ballots before Election Day. Kershaw County Voting Registration Director Rosalind Watson estimated absentee voting in the county this year nearly doubled that of the 2010 election.

November 07, 2012 | By Michael Ulmer and Denise Schnese C-I news staff | Politics


Local leaders voice concerns over Act 388

Six-year-old legislation known as Act 388 has been under the microscope in Kershaw County lately after the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) was hit with what they called a "last minute" cut in state revenue.

November 05, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Election 2012

Depending on where they cast their ballot, Kershaw County voters could have a lot of important choices to make Tuesday. From Camden City Council to President of the United States, from Elgin to Bethune and Liberty Hill to Boykin, here's a look at who's running for which office. Information about each candidate is taken from either previous articles in the Chronicle-Independent, their campaign websites or other election-related websites. Candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order.

November 02, 2012 | By Martin L. Cahn and Michael Ulmer C-I editors | Politics


State House, Senate candidates vie for votes at forum

Two candidates for the S.C. House of Representatives and two candidates for the S.C. Senate looked to shore up campaign support during an "educated voter" forum held Monday night at Lugoff-Elgin High School.

October 31, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Graham, Scully go head-to-head at forum

Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham and mayoral candidate Tony Scully offered their visions for the city's future during an "educated voter" forum held Monday night at Camden High School.

October 24, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Absentee voting underway in Kershaw County

Kershaw County voters are getting a head start on voting for the general election with hundreds casting their ballots during the first three weeks of absentee voting.

October 15, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


Swindall exits KCC race

Barbara Swindall has dropped out of the race for Kershaw County Council District 1. After spending months campaigning for the seat, she announced her decision to quit in a press release Sunday night after consulting with family and friends.

September 26, 2012 | Michael Ulmer | Politics


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