Election Filing Ends; Here are local candidates voters will decide on

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By Stan Welch
Almost unnoticed among the COVID-19 chaos, the registration for the 2020 general elections closed recently.  Democrat and Republican Primaries will be held June 9. Some South Carolina elections, including the Pelzer Municipal Election, were postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
The following candidates are seeking the various positions listed:
U.S. Senate: Lindsey Graham, incumbent,  faces opposition from several candidates across the state. They include Duke Buckner; Michael LaPierre; Joe Reynolds.
Senator Tim Scott will face re-election in 2022.
U.S. House of Representatives: Jeff Duncan, incumbent,  faces opposition from Democratic newcomers Mark D. Welch  (D) and Hosea Cleveland (D).
S.C. Senate District 4 : Mike Gambrell, incumbent, faces opposition from Democrat Jose Villa.
S.C. Senate District 3 : Richard Cash, incumbent, faces opposition from Republican Craig Wooten and Democrat Judith Polson.
S.C. House of Representatives District 6: Brian White, incumbent, is unopposed
S.C. House: District 7: Jay West, incumbent, faces opposition from Democrat Andrea Berijarano- Robinson
S.C. House  District 8 – Jonathon Hill, incumbent, faces opposition from Alliance Party member Jackie Todd. Democrat Vaughn Parfitt and Republican Mike Holden are also seeking the seat.
S.C. House District 9 – Anne Thayer, incumbent, is unopposed.
S.C. House District 10 – West Cox, incumbent, faces opposition from Republican Mark Durham.
S.C. House District 11 – Craig Gagnon, incumbent, is unopposed.
Anderson County races:
Auditor Jacky Hunter, incumbent, is unopposed.
Circuit 10 Solicitor: David Wagner, incumbent, is unopposed.
Sheriff Chad McBride is opposed by Brandon Surratt.
County Treasurer Jason Phillips is opposed by Van James.
Anderson County Council: District 2 incumbent Gracie Floyd is opposed, by David Standard and Larry Ray Bright, both Republicans. District 5 incumbent and current Council Chairman Tommy Dunn is opposed by Christine Shirley. Members Wooten, Graham, Sanders, Davis and Wilson are unopposed.
The Pelzer Town Council has three candidates running: David Hatley, Donna Ide, and Gary Pridmore.
The Pelzer Mayor’s seat is also open, with Will Ragland, Margaret Jamison and Harold Tennehill running. Pelzer Attorney Skip Goldsmith, Jr. has also announced that he will run as a write-in candidate in the Pelzer Election. Pelzer special election date to be determined.
(Editor’s Note – The Pelzer special election will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2020)