Category Archives: Government & Politics

Senator Bryant to hold local “Firehouse Chats”

Senator Kevin Bryant recently announced that he will host a series of “Firehouse Chats” to update the constituents and taxpayers of Anderson County on a number of issues facing South Carolina.

Senator Bryant will focus primarily on two issues: The South Carolina Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC) and the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) however other constituent questions and concerns will also be addressed, a spokesperson from the senator’s office said.

Republicans, incumbents cruise to wins across state

By Stan Welch

In an election year with very little drama at the local and state levels, South Carolina nevertheless led the way in the Republican wave that swept from the east coast to the west, making history along the way.

Governor Nikki Haley’s historic re-election as the state’s first woman governor was announced within minutes of the closing of the polls, followed quickly by the announcement of Senator Tim Scott’s unprecedented election as the first black United States Senator in the historic South since the end of Reconstruction.

Local and state election summary

Voters will go to the polls tomorrow, Tuesday for election day. Here is a brief summary of local and state races: Governor Nikki Haley faces a broad spectrum of challengers, but Vincent Sheheen, her Democratic foe, is generally conceded to be the only significant opposition. That race took an interesting turn as “independent Republican” Tom Ervin withdrew from the race and endorsed the Democrat Sheheen.

Election Day is next Tuesday

Voters will go to the polls next Tuesday for election day with State races being their primary focus, as many local candidates are running unopposed.

Governor Nikki Haley faces a broad spectrum of challengers, but Vincent Sheheen, her Democratic foe, is generally conceded to be the only significant opposition. That race took an interesting turn this week, as “independent Republican” Tom Ervin withdrew from the race and endorsed the Democrat Sheheen.

U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan faces opposition from Barbara Jo Mulliss for the District Three Congressional seat.

South Greenville County – election

Voters in three area Greenville County Special Purpose Districts will also choose who will represent them.

Piedmont Public Service District has three seats to be filled. Incumbents running unopposed include Al C. McAbee Jr, Ed Poore and Terry Yates .

The Canebrake Fire Special Election has three seats to be filled: Kyle Gilley and Randy McRae.

Dunklin Fire has three seats to be filled: Fay T Childress, Mark E Pittman and Danny Smith.

SC House Rep. District 28 Rep. Eric Beddingfield is running unopposed.

Greenville County Council District 26 will choose between incumbent Republican Lynn W. Ballard and Democrat Windell Rodgers.

Burgess hopes to continue accomplishments by town

Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Rockey Burgess is a lifelong resident of Williamston and a business owner. His business, Autech, LLC, is located within the Town of Williamston. He has many years of public service in the US Army and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I believe that in order to best serve the interests of the town, council members must take an active role in the processes that bring about success. That means rolling up your sleeves and not being afraid of hard work,” Burgess said. “Since being elected, I have done just that. I have worked hard and will continue to work hard to make things happen.”

Joan Ragsdale running for Williamston Ward 2

Joan Ragsdale is running for the Williamston Town Council Ward 2 seat and says she wants to help make Williamston a better place to live as well as a place where others will want to come with families and businesses.

“The experience of running for council has been great for me,” Ragsdale said. “While I was born and raised in this town, many things have changed, including the demographics of our town over the past several decades. It has been my pleasure to make new friends as I’ve knocked on doors and used social and news media to help people get to know me.”

Hagood running as write-in for Ward 1

Tony Hagood is running for re-election to the Williamston Town Council Ward One seat he has held since being elected to his first term. “I can convey that thepast four years have been an opportune learning experience for me and I am grateful to the past administration as well as the present one,” Hagood said.

He said he would like to continue to serve Ward 1 and the Town of Williamston by creating and supporting innovative ideas that promote and stimulate economic growth.

Cole running as write-in for Ward 1

Former Williamston Town Councilman and local businessman Greg Cole is running as a write-in candidate for the Williamston Town Council Ward 1 seat.

Cole is the owner of Upstate Electric Motors and Drives. He was elected to town council in 2002 and served one term.

Penny Sales Tax on ballot

EXHIBIT A – FORM OF BALLOT

EDUCATION CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SALES
AND USE TAX ACT REFERENDUM FOR ANDERSON COUNTY

Must a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in Anderson County for not more than fifteen (15) calendar years with the revenue of the tax used to provide property tax relief, and to pay, directly or indirectly, the cost of education capital improvement projects in Anderson County, as follows:

(1) At least twenty percent (20%) of the proceeds of such tax must be used to reduce property taxes by offsetting the existing debt service millage levy on general obligation bonds of any school district in Anderson County;

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