By Stan Welch
With just weeks remaining before elections, both Pelzer and West Pelzer already know the results of some of their elections. West Pelzer, for example knows who the two Council members will be, since there was no challenge to the candidates who filed.
Incumbent Donnie Jeanes, who is serving an interim term for the seat vacated by Robert Alexander, will retain that seat and serve his own full term. Jim Riddle will fill the seat currently held by Blake Sanders, since Riddle was also the sole candidate for that seat. State election law allows the appropriate election commission, in this case the Anderson County Election Commission, to deem those candidates to be elected.
Sanders and Jimmy Jeanes will run for the mayor’s job, which incumbent Mayor Peggy Paxton chose not to seek again. Jeanes will retain his Council seat if his mayoral run is unsuccessful, while Sanders will be out of office. However, if Jeanes is successful, a special election will have to be held to fill his Council seat.