Before Democratic Party delegates from across the country are scheduled to renominate President Barack Obama as the party's candidate Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., one of those delegates spoke to his fellow Democrats about political life here in South Carolina. It's a subject the speaker knows well, considering he's served in the state legislature for 12 years and ran for governor in 2010.
The Kershaw County Democratic Party (KCDP) Executive Committee has agreed to certify Sammie Tucker Jr. for his Kershaw County Council reelection bid in November. Questions lingered before the committee finalized its decision over Tucker's eligibility after he failed to meet required deadlines for filing campaign paperwork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.