The unexpired term of late Kershaw County Board of Schools Trustees member Joey Dorton will be filled via a special election, likely to be held in late September or early October. Kershaw County Voter Registration Asst. Director James Fitzpatrick said he had concluded that the special election would be held at that time. However, he said the plan still needs to be approved by Kershaw County's legislative delegation and the Kershaw County Board of Elections.
Laurie M. Parks officially announced her candidacy recently for Camden City Council. She is seeking election to one of the two open seats in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kershaw County School Board Trustee Joseph ("Joey") Dorton and Kershaw County Council write-in candidate Willie Mickle, both owners of Gags Liquor Store on Wylie Street in Camden, are facing foreclosure of their business and have allegedly failed to pay sales taxes since 2009. Dorton is Mickle's son-in-law.
The candidacy of Kershaw County Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. has been brought into question for failing to turn in required campaign paperwork to the S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC).
Willie Mickle and Barbara Swindall, who were both removed from the Republican primary ballot for Kershaw County Council District 1, have officially filed petition candidacies for the November general election.
(The following correction ran in the Chronicle-Independent on July 25, 2012: "Camden City Council candidate Peggy Ogburn was misidentified as a former Departmenet of PublicWorks director. Mrs. Ogburn chaired the Clemson Extension Community Development Committee. As such she opened the city's first recycling center in 1990 along with those serving as the county's Clemson Extension agtent and former city public works director. The C-I apologies for any confusion." The online version now reflects an accurate record of Mrs. Ogburn's service.)
Community volunteer Tony Scully is announcing his candidacy for mayor of Camden in the Nov. 6 election. Scully, married to theatre and film actress Joy Claussen Scully, says he will campaign to bring people together again in an open government focusing on economic recovery.
Republican Tony Barwick has been chosen by voters to face Democrat Thomas McElveen in the general election for S.C. Senate District 35.
Voters in Elgin and Lugoff helped to shore up the Democratic nomination for S.C. Senate District 35 candidate Thomas McElveen who won his party's nomination during Tuesday's primary. Meanwhile, Republican candidates Tony Barwick and Wade Kolb will take part in a runoff election June 26.
S.C. Senate -- Republican primary (District 35 -- Lee, Kershaw, Richland, and Sumter Counties)
Although many Kershaw County Board of School Trustees candidates saw a decline in voter turnout during Tuesday's primary, elected candidates and run-off candidates are preparing for the Kershaw County School District's upcoming fiscal year.
Kershaw County voters went to the polls in light numbers Tuesday, according to Kershaw County Voter Registration Director Rosalind Watson.
Johnny Deal, a household name in Camden, has thrown his hat in the ring for Camden City Council. Born and raised in Camden, he grew up on Lake Wateree and helped manage the family business, Deal's Marina. He graduated with honors from Camden High School in 1979. Upon receipt of a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Winthrop College in 1984, he returned to Camden to become a productive citizen. He and his wife, Annah, made their home here and they raised their two daughters in Camden.
Local S.C. State House Rep. Laurie Funderburk is one of six state legislators tasked with hearing testimony in an ethics case against Gov. Nikki Haley.
Eric Zacour -- a candidate for the Kershaw County Board of Trustees Seat No. 1 -- has been an Elgin resident since the spring of 1985. He started his family business in 1986 and has worked hard to help his business to grow.
Elgin Councilwoman Candace "Candy" Silvers is running for reelection in Elgin's Feb. 3 election for town council. Voters put Silvers on council during a special election in 2013 to replace former Councilman Norman Allen "Bubba" Ernst after his resignation. Silvers previously served on Elgin's planning and zoning commission. She said she would like the opportunity to continue to help her community through public service.
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