Category Archives: Government & Politics

Democrats to meet Aug. 2

The Anderson County Democratic Party will hold its regular monthly First Saturday meeting on August 2 at 9 a..m. at the party headquarters, 115 N. Main St. in Anderson.

County Democrats to hold rally

The Anderson County Democratic Party will sponsor its 9th Annual Bar-B-Q and Rally this Saturday, July 12 beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Anderson Arts Center at 110 Federal Street in Anderson.

Ragsdale announces for Williamston Town Council

JoanWilliamston resident and business owner Joan Ragsdale announced this week that she plans to run for the Williamston Town Council Ward 2 seat. Ragsdale resides on Hamilton Street.

“Today I am proudly announcing my intention to seek election to Williamston Town Council, Ward 2, on November 4,” Ragsdale said.

“I believe that Williamston is heading in the right direction, but I also believe that our Town Council needs members who will guarantee that our quality of life remains as a high priority. My background as a businesswoman, and a leader for over 41 years in a Fortune 500 company, provides me with abilities to help our great town as we move forward. As a solution-oriented leader, I will work for what is best for our town and our citizens.”

Low turnout for runoff elections

By Stan Welch

In a runoff election more notable for the extremely low turnout than for the actual results, there were few surprises. Just over five per cent of registered voters in Anderson County turned out for runoff elections for three nominations. Both parties experienced runoffs for the office of state superintendent of education while the Republicans settled the question of who will be lieutenant governor in January.

Libertarian Convention June 21

The Libertarian Party State Nomination Convention and Carolina Day Celebration will be held June 21 at the Ritchey Farm, 160 Bill Robertson Rd., Enoree. The nomination convention will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a picnic and party at 1:30 p.m. For information or RSVP, contact Michael Carmany by email at or on facebook.

Runoff elections Tuesday

Democratic and Republican run-off elections will be held on Tuesday, June 24th. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm. Registered voters who did not vote in either primary can vote in either run-off, however, if a person voted in one party’s primary, he or she is only allowed to vote in that party’s run-off.

One key office voters will help select is the next State Superintendent of Education. Democratic candidates are Sheila Gallagher and Tom Thompson. Republican Candidates are Sally Atwater and Molly Spearman. The American Party Candidate, Ed Murray, will be on the ballot in November.Ed Murray.

Graham, Scott get impressive wins

By Stan Welch

Both United States Senators easily won their primaries Tuesday, with Sen. Tim Scott winning an amazing ninety per cent of the vote; a figure which does not bode well for his November opposition, Democrat Joyce Dickerson.

If he defeats her, he will become the Palmetto State’s first elected black Senator. He was appointed to his current position by Governor Nikki Haley following Sen. Jim DeMint’s resignation. The winner in November will serve the last two years of that unexpired term.

Seat open on SCDOT Commission

For 3rd Congressional District

A joint legislative panel is now accepting notice from residents living in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District who are interested in running to fill an unexpired term on the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission. The Joint Transportation Review Committee (JTRC) will receive notices of intent until 12 p.m. Thursday, July 10.

Ballard wins runoff for County Council Dist. 26

South Greenville

Lynn Ballard won the Republican runoff election held Tuesday May 13 and will face Democrat Windell Rodgers in a special election June 17 to decide who will represent District 26 on Greenville County council for the remainder of the year.

Ballard defeated Todd Fredrick with 67 percent of the vote, or 343 votes to Fredrick’s 168 votes.

Frederick was the second vote getter in the primary election held recently, in which only one vote separated him and the next highest vote getter, Ed Poore.

Graham speaks to locally on Benghazi, radical Islam

By Stan Welch

Senator Lindsey Graham spoke to a packed room Monday when he addressed the First Monday Club of Anderson, and his message was largely red meat.

Senator Graham pulled no punches, declaring America’s conflict with radical Islam a holy war, and one which we must win. He made it clear that a shift in political power in the Congress, and hopefully the White House, is the key to such victory.

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