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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



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;

State Constitution Amendments on ballot

The following Constitutional Amendment Questions will appear on ballots in the November 4, 2014, General Election:

Amendment 1

Must Section 7, Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that a raffle is not a lottery prohibited by this section, if the raffle is conducted by a nonprofit organization for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, and the general law defines the type of organization authorized to operate and conduct the raffles, provides standards for the operation and conduct of the raffles, provides for the use of proceeds for charitable, religious, fraternal, educational, or other eleemosynary purposes, provides penalties for violations, and provides for other laws necessary to ensure the proper functioning, honesty, and integrity of the raffles, but in the absence of any general law, then the raffle remains a prohibited lottery?

County Council members discuss state funding to counties with legislators

By Stan Welch

A joint meeting of the Anderson County Council and the Anderson County Legislative Delegation was held last Thursday to give the Council, or at least some members of it, a chance to gripe about the level of state funding the County is receiving; while also giving the delegation the chance to essentially remind the Council that times are hard, and they are lucky to be getting as much as they are.

The situation began sometime back, when the General Assembly created a formula to determine how much of the taxes that they received from the various counties they would return to the various counties.

County Democrats to meet Oct. 4

The Anderson County Democratic Party will hold its regular first Saturday meeting on Saturday, October 4 at 9 a.m. at the party headquarters at 115 North Main St. The meeting will be devoted to making plans for activities in the last month before the November 4 election.

Canvassing, phone banking, distributing yard signs and campaign materials and planning activities on election will all be on the agenda. All interested persons are invited to attend.

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