The filing period for state, multi-county, countywide and less than countywide offices came to a close noon Friday.
Longtime community volunteer and organizer Peggy Ogburn recently announced her candidacy for Camden City Council. Ogburn has been a resident of Camden since 1980. During the years, she said, she has been involved in and led numerous, varied civic activities and projects designed to enhance quality of life for Camden and Kershaw County.
S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk has announced she will seek re-election to House District 52. The district encompasses most of Kershaw County and includes the greater Camden area, Lugoff and a portion of the Elgin community.
E.B. "Mac" McLeod of Pinewood, a former state representative, has announced his bid as a Democratic candidate for S.C. Senate District 35. After redistricting, District 35 includes parts of Kershaw, Sumter, Lee and Richland counties.
Matt Irick has announced his plans to seek re-election to Seat 7 on the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees. He is a certified public accountant and a partner with the accounting firm of Sheheen, Hancock, & Godwin LLP in Camden.
Kershaw County Democratic Party county convention attendees will hear from Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin at 7 tonight.
Mara Horton Jones is seeking reelection to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, Seat 1 in the West Wateree area. As native of Kershaw County, she said she is a living testament of the importance of having a strong school board trustees in Kershaw County.
Joyce McDonald is seeking re-election for another term of office as Kershaw County Clerk of Court.
Barbara Swindall, who moved to Camden from Denver in 2006, said she is running for the District 1 seat of Kershaw County Council to provide a unique voice for county residents.
C.R. Miles is seeking re-election to the District 3 seat of Kershaw County Council.
Kershaw County Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. recently announced his intentions to seek another term as council's District 2 representative. Tucker has served on council longer than any of his fellow council members, and it's a tenure he said he's grateful to have earned.
Saying he wants to help reform state government, Kershaw County businessman David Herndon has announced his candidacy for State House District 52.
The Kershaw County Delegation is seeking input from voters in the Camden 3 and Camden 4 precincts on ideas of a name for a new combined precinct that will vote at Camden Elementary School.
Kershaw County Councilman Sammie Tucker Jr. is in violation of a S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC) decision ordering him to pay $21,000 in fines and late-filing fees. The Chronicle-Independent discovered the order as part of a check on SCEC filings by Kershaw County elected officials and candidates as the 2012 election season gets underway. The order is listed in the SCEC's Complaints Resolved Index.
John Rainey is wearing a coat and tie as he strides slowly across the grass of his 17-acre estate -- called Fox Watch Farm -- which is just outside the small town of Camden. It's after midday, and the sun is turning the nearby dogwood trees gold.
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.
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