Category Archives: Government & Politics

Paxton will not run for reelection in West Pelzer

By Stan Welch

Last week, with less than forty eight hours left for candidates to sign up for mayoral and town council elections there were several questions about the upcoming elections left unanswered. Many of those questions have been answered, although some of the answers are surprising.

In West Pelzer, for the first time in a decade, Peggy Paxton, who has served as mayor, will not be on the ballot, having decided not to file for the race. Instead, two incumbent Council members, Blake Sanders and Jimmy Jeanes will vie for that position. Jeanes’ Council seat is not at risk. If he fails in his bid for mayor, he will retain his seat on Council. If he is elected mayor, his seat will be vacated until a special election is held on the thirteenth Tuesday following his swearing in ceremony. That date falls on March 29, 2016.

GOP Presidential candidates in Anderson

Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker

By Stan Welch

The Anderson Civic Center welcomed twenty one hundred area residents and three well known candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States Monday night.

Suffice it to say, it was no place for moderates. Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan’s fifth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ attracted a distinctly conservative crowd, who came to hear former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and political neophyte and world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson.

Congressman Duncan got the ball rolling with an early press conference, during which he conceded that the three guests he had invited were considered as insurgents by the GOP establishment. “One thing that seems abundantly clear in this primary season so far is that people don’t trust the insiders, the power structure. That is the main reason that these folks, as well as some others outside the mainstream of the party are rising in the polls,” said Duncan.

Duncan holds town hall meeting in Powdersville

By Stan Welch

Congressman Jeff Duncan was in Powdersville Tuesday afternoon as a part of his summer recess tour of the district. He moved steadily from table to table at Atha’s Restaurant, sitting with constituents, both asking and answering questions. The flow of patrons was steady, and Duncan extended the hour long meet and greet by a considerable margin.

Questions ranged from health care concerns to the Republican debate last week, and touched on a variety of subjects in between. When he wasn’t tied up with the voters, the Congressman answered a few questions for The Journal. He expressed his concerns about former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s situation concerning her private e-mail server.

Books open in Pelzer

For November election

The Town of Pelzer will hold a general election for the offices of mayor and four council seats on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Citizens desiring to be candidates may file at the Pelzer Town Hall, 103 Courtney Street in Pelzer.

Books will be open for filing at noon, August 6, and remain open during regular business hours until noon, August 20. There is no filing free for the offices. The election is a non-partisan, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Books open in West Pelzer

For November election

The Town of West Pelzer will hold a general election for the offices of mayor and two council seats on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Citizens desiring to be candidates may file at the West Pelzer Town Hall, 3 Hindman Street West Pelzer. Books will be open for filing August 6 at 8am and remain open during regular business hours until August 20 at 5pm.

The filing fee for the office of mayor is $50. The filing fee for the office of council is $25. The election is a non-partisan, and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

Anyone desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered by October 3, 2015. To register, contact the Anderson County Board of Voter Registration.

Last chance to see “Grease”

The last showing of the Mill Town Players production of Grease at the Pelzer Auditorium will be held this week. Tickets are only $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors 65 and older, and $7 for students under 18 and available at the door or online. Show times this Thursday-Saturday are at 7:30pm.

The new season will begin with Ring of Fire, The music of Johnny Cash September 4-29.

Mill Town Players perform in the historic Pelzer Auditorium at 214 Lebby Street, Pelzer. For more information about Mill Town Players and upcoming productions, call 864-947-8000 or visit the website www.milltownplayers.org.

Presidential candidate Rick Perry coming to Anderson

Governor Rick Perry, Candidate for the Presidency and former Governor of Texas, is coming to Anderson on Thursday, August 13, at the invitation of the Anderson County Republican Party. Perry will speak at a Townhall Meeting at Anderson Christian School Auditorium, 3902 Liberty Highway, Anderson at 6:30 pm.

“Come hear Gov. Rick Perry speak about his position on National Security, Immigration, Education and many other topics,” an ACRP representative said. The meeting will be moderated by Radio Host, Josh Kimbrell. The public is invited. There is no charge to attend. Dress is casual. Also Keyboard Musician, Jared Roberts, will be providing patriotic musical entertainment and other selections.

For reservations go to Eventbrite Page for AndersonGOP event at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/townhall-event-with-gov-rick-perry-in-anderson-tickets-17921895873

Rafael Cruz to speak to County Republicans

Senator’s father

Rafael Cruz, father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, will be the Speaker at the July Meeting of the Anderson County Republican Party on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 6:30 pm at Concord Community Church, 729 Concord Road, Anderson. “Come out to hear Rafael Cruz’s incredible story of his exodus from Cuba and settlement in the US,” ACRP Chairman Dan Harvell said. Hot dog plates will be served at $5.00 each. Please call 864-221-1221 if you plan to eat. All Are Welcome.

Large crowd turns out to hear Dr. Ben Carson

By Stan Welch

A capacity crowd of more than six hundred fifty people turned out to see and hear Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Dr. Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is something of a rock star in Republican circles, and his reception Wednesday night did nothing to dispel that perception.

Carson spent approximately forty five minutes moving from the entrance into the meeting room at the Anderson Civic Center to his table perhaps sixty feet away. Handshakes, hugs and ‘selfies’ by the hundred kept him surrounded by a throng of enthusiastic supporters. So dense was the crowd that getting close enough to ask questions was difficult. He did say that compared to the fifteen thousand surgeries he performed during his career, the rigors of the campaign trail are a piece of cake.

Support growing for removing flag

Among Government officials

A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

The Post and Courier newspaper, the South Carolina Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83 House members say the flag should go.

That appears to meet the two-thirds majority needed from both chambers to move the battle flag. That rule is part of the 2000 compromise that took the flag off the Statehouse dome and put a smaller, square version beside a monument to Confederate soldiers.

Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson July 1

At Civic Center of Anderson

Due to overwhelming response to the Dr. Ben Carson visit to Anderson on Wed., July 1, the event is being relocated to the Civic Center of Anderson at 3027 MLK Jr. Blvd in Anderson. Dr. Carson is speaking at the request of the Anderson County Republican Party. The public is invited. Dress is casual. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jenkins Holler Blue Grass Band.

The doors open at 6 pm with the food served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple. Whole table purchases are available. Please e-mail or call in your reservations so that there will be plenty of food for all, a spokersperson said.

Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson July 1

Republican Presidential hopeful

Dr. Ben Carson will be visiting Anderson on Wed., July 1 at the invitation of the Anderson County Republican Party. Dr. Carson will be the Speaker at a Bar-B-Que at Creekside Bar-B-Que that evening at 1115 Salem Church Road, Anderson SC 29621 located off Clemson Boulevard.

Dr. Ben Carson believes that the private sector should provide many services that government provides today and believes in lower taxes. Dr. Carson supports citizens contributing school supplies for students. Please consider bringing any school supplies such as pencils, notebook paper, rulers, etc.

The public is invited. Dress is casual. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jenkins Holler Blue Grass Band.

The doors open at 6 pm with the food served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple. Whole table purchases are available. Please e-mail or call in your reservations so that there will be plenty of food for all, a spokersperson said.

All are welcome; please call or email to reserve your place. E-mail Mary Mills at mamills_2001@yahoo.com (note underscore between s and 2) Or call 864-933-6141 or 864-221-1221. Be sure to give your name and number attending.

Graham announces presidential bid

L Graham for Pres 6res

U. S. Senator Lindsey Graham launched his Republican Presidential campaign Monday in his hometown of Central. Graham, 59 has never lost an election and is joining an already crowded GOP field vieing for the 2016 Republican nomination. He has served in the U. S. Senate since 2003. Graham seved in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995-2003.

Anderson County Republican Party to hold precinct reorganization

The Anderson County Republican Party (ACRP) will hold Precinct Reorganization March 16, at 6:30 pm at seven regional locations. Precinct Reorganization is performed by political parties once every two years, as specified in state law. This is an opportunity to become involved in the ACRP and gain a voting voice on the county party level.

Precinct officers will be elected for each precinct, including an Executive Committeeman who has the precinct’s vote on issues at ACRP monthly meetings. Additionally this is the process to become a delegate to the ACRP county convention and be placed on the convention ballot to seek election as delegate to the SC Republican Party state convention.

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