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.