State Representative Mike Gambrell and Williamston Town Councilman Rockey Burgess have both announced their intentions to run for the seat recently vacated by the passing of long time state Senator Billy O’Dell.
Gambrell has served House District 7 since 2006. The proposed gas tax and problems in SCDOT are two items on his agenda. Local businessman and current Williamston Council Member, Rockey Burgess also announced his candidacy for the S.C. Senate 4th District seat last week.
Burgess laid out a simple platform based on tax relief, improving infrastructure and his experience in local government.
Senate District 4 includes portions of Abbeville, Anderson and Greenwood Counties. Gambrell’s current House district is fully contained in Senate District Four, but the senate seat also includes Williamston, West Pelzer, Pelzer, and a portion of Piedmont.
The period to file for the Republican primary for the seat will open on Jan. 22, and run until Feb. 1. The primary will be held on March 22, and if a runoff is needed, it will be held on April 25th. The special election will be held on May 17.