Area voters will go back to the polls next Tuesday, Mar. 22, for a special primary election to fill the unexpired term of the Senate District 4 seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Billy O’Dell in January. If no candidate gets a majority of the primary votes, a runoff will be held on April 5. Five Republican candidates seeking the seat include Williamston resident Mark Powell, Williamston Town Councilman and businessman Rockey Burgess, former Anderson City Official Willie Day, State Representative Mike Gambrell of Honea Path and Greenwood Attorney James Graham “Tripp” Padgett III.
A Special Election to fill the seat will be held on May 17, however since no Democrats signed up, the winner of the GOP primary on Mar. 22 will likely fill the unexpired term of the seat.
District 4 covers southern and eastern Anderson County, a small section of Abbeville County and the western edge of Greenwood County.
Additional information on each of the candidates is in the Mar. 16 issue of The Journal, still available on newsstands throughout the area.